Its general manager for Sabah and Labuan, Joseph Podtung, said this showed Petronas’ commitment to giving locals the oppportunity to be involved in the oil and gas industry in the state.
He said recently, Petronas has also decided to give them the opportunity to bid for tenders valued below RM2 million which did not require high technology.
“For Petronas’ upstream activity, it is something new for local contractors. This will give them the experience so that in the future once they have the necessary experience, they can even bid for a bigger job,” he said here today.
Podtung said this after the signing of the contract between Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd and a joint venture of JV KK Dinamik Sdn Bhd and KK Success Vision Sdn Bhd to build its Kimanis Petroleum Training Centre (KTC) at Menara Petronas.
Petronas was represented by its head of international development division, Abdul Malik Jaafar, while JV KK Dinamik and KK Success’s executive chairman, Ajit Galun, signed on behalf of the companies.
Also present was Deputy Chief Minister Yee Moh Chai, who represented Chief Minister Musa Aman.
Earlier, Podtung said Petronas would continue to nurture and encourage capable Sabahans and Sabah firms to participate in the oil and gas industry.
“We hope this collaboration will encourage other Sabah firms to be more involved in the industry,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ajit thanked Petronas for the project, saying “we hope this would enhance our capability to participate in bigger and more complex future projects in Sabah and elsewhere”.
The RM30.6 million contract involved the building of a two-storey training and administration building, three-storey hostel, outdoor training facilities and related infrastructure as well as the provision of other related services.
The KTC will be Sabah’s first full-fledged industrial training centre set up by Petronas in tandem with the development of its various oil and gas projects in the state.
The facility, expected to be completed in 2012, will be intrumental in helping nurture the capability of Sabahans to meet the growing manpower needs of the oil and gas industry in Sabah.