July 12, 2016
My organization (not IEM this time) has a course on HAZOP on the 16th August, 2016. It is worth 6.5 CPD points, and held at (wait for it) Hilton PJ. Since I’m giving it, I expect hoards will have to be turned away at the gates. And it’s a big room, so I need to fill the seats.
A Hazard and Operability study is a formal and systematic and detailed examination of the process and engineering intentions of new or existing facilities which assesses the hazard potential and effects on the facility as a whole when operation is outside of the design envelope, or individual items of equipment malfunction.
This course is designed to educate participants in the HAZOP process from the perspective of a HAZOP team member. It is meant to provide both instruction and workshop sessions so that the participants:
- Are familiar with the concept of ‘risk’
- Are familiar with the theory behind HAZOP
- Are familiar with the actual HAZOP workshop process
- Have expectations as to what the HAZOP will (and won’t provide)
- Understand what deliverables can be expected from a HAZOP
- Have the opportunity to participate in HAZOP exercise in a safe environment
- Opportunity to share HAZOP experiences
At the end of the session, the participants should:
- Understand the responsibilities of all parties in the HAZOP
- Have experience in a HAZOP session.
- Understand the outcomes from a HAZOP session
Wata has 19 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, in both design and operations.
July 30, 2016
Do you have to be Sarawakian to work for these alleged companies? If not, where do I get the queue number?
Dateline 2016-06-24, Malay Mail:
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing is confident that companies within the Borneo state can take over oil-and-gas production from national oil firm Petronas.
Masing mooted Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corporation as the lead agency, saying the Sarawak-based local firm has gained much experience over the years and is now capable of handling oil mining activities for the state, The Borneo Post reported today.
“With over 100 years of experience, Brooke Dockyard is not a kindergarten institution anymore as it is now a university when compared with the other industry players in the county. Other industry players in the country made it big because they got backup from the big guns,” James was quoted as saying.
“Sarawak owns the oil and gas but Petronas is the one currently using our platform created by Brooke Dockyard. As for now we have many marginal oil and gas reserves in Sarawak and since Petronas is not producing anything from these reserves, I hope to see oil and gas from these reserves produced by the state.”
July 29, 2016
Dateline 2016-06-21, FMT:
Helicopter operations need to be scrutinized in order to avoid any disaster or tragedy in the future, said Deputy Transport Minister Aziz Kaprawi.
He said the number of helicopter tragedies in the country was a bit worrying.
“Probably (the helicopter operations) need to be more refined and include the pilots. Definitely (relevant parties) need to identify the weaknesses in helicopter operations,” he told reporters after breaking fast with media personnel here last night.
Asked on the latest development on the helicopter crash in Sebuyau, Sarawak, on May 5, Aziz said the main frame of the helicopter was still missing.
The search would continue, he added.
July 28, 2016
This is a shout out for the IEM. My technical division will be hosting a trip to PETRONAS Penapisan (Terengganu) Sdn Bhd. It will be on the 28th August, 2016. You will be anointed with 3 CPD / PDP hours. If you with to visit the site, come and register.
PETRONAS Penapisan (Terengganu) Sdn Bhd – PP(T)SB was incorporated in 1982 to meet a need to process and add value to the indigenous crude from offshore Terengganu, as well as to secure reliable, efficient, safe and cost effective supply of refined petroleum products to the PETRONAS Group of Companies. PP(T)SB has proven its capability in providing efficient, safe, reliable uninterrupted supply of petroleum products such as gasoline, LPG, diesel, jet fuel, naphtha and Low Sulphur Waxy Residue (LSWR) to its domestic customers and also exported to several overseas destinations.
Register here and get the flyer here.
July 27, 2016
Dateline 2016-06-16, Daily Express:
Amid the challenging global oil price environment that has forced oil and gas industry players to restructure, oil giant Shell remains keen in promoting local talents to meet future demand of skilled manpower.
Although prediction of recovery is impossible to make, the company that has a proud 125-year history in the country believes the answer to the chicken and egg question is all about balance and readiness.
Oil and gas companies including Shell have been forced to restructure in reaction to challenging oil price.
But there have been questions how they would refill their need for skilled workforce if and when signs of recovery begin to show.
“If you look at the broader environment, every company has gone through some form of restructuring.
Every oil and gas company has gone through that cycle whether last year or are still going through it now.
And that’s just a reflection of a lower volume of work,” said Ian Lim, Sabah Shell Malaysia General Manager.
“But the danger is that in times like this people stop investing in talent and training. Not so much the oil and gas companies but the vendors and the government and vocational schools.
And typically what happens when the market picks up we start to award jobs, vendors start to look for people who are qualified. The danger you get there is you won’t get Sabahans or Malaysians but the work needs to be done then you increase your wage cost by looking for international (workers).
July 26, 2016
My technical division will be hosting a 2 day course on the 17th and 18th August, 2016. It is worth 10.5 CPD points, and held at Wisma IEM. The course will be presented by Ir. Al-Khairi Mohd Daud.
• Explore real-world examples of why critical thinking is so important in business
• Learn to use critical thinking skills when making business decisions
• Know how to translate an abstract idea into something tangible
• Minimize the impact of job pressures on your thinking processes
• React with curiosity instead of emotion
• Get a roadmap for developing your critical thinking skills
Ir. Al-Khairi Mohd Daud has over 23 years of experienced in Oil and Gas, petrochemical, oleo chemical, manufacturing and facilities management. He is the country expert for ASEAN Energy Management Accreditation Scheme and an expert in healthcare facilities management. He has assisted in drafting few Malaysian Standards including the Malaysian Standard for Quality in Healthcare. He has presented papers in national and international conference especially on maintenance and asset management. He is the owner of Faqeh Management who specialized in asset and energy management.
Ir. Danaraj Chandrasegaran graduated from University Teknologi Malaysia in 2001 with Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons). Subsequently, pursued his Master Degree in University of Malaya. He has published in international journals and conferences in the past. His career has a diverse outlook on project execution ranging from building construction, marine, mining and energy industry; as a mechanical engineer.
Register here, or download the form here.
July 25, 2016
Happy Training for Engineer’s Run 2016 week.
Donate to your favorite charity (me), buy my recommendations, or through my Amazon store. Or get the Young Turks series (3 books until I can get YTP republished). Where are those corporate sponsors? Or throw donations at me, my camera dive case flooded, and I need a new replacement. Heck, if you want to send me a Canon 5D Mk III plus dive case, I will not say no.
- A mate of mine is looking for a MD/EngMan type person to help run his engineering company (the main business is skid manufacturing). He can’t handle the work volume, so you know that his oil & gas company is bucking the trend, and has a bright future ahead. If I know you, send your CV’s to me. If I don’t know you, send your CV along anyway, but note I will contact your references. I am not getting a commission for this ad, you know.
- I’m looking for fresh meat-ish, to help with a peak work period.
- Nothing in the papers today.
- I’m looking for jobs for 4Q2016. Send me your POs.
Support your local bookshop! Bookalicious at The Summit Subang is a good choice. I think they focus on trilogies, quadrilogies, and other ologies. Tell them I sent you, and enjoy the look of perplexity on their faces. Those of you who have dropped my name, thanks!
Food choice of the week? Any weight loss diet.
Let’s get a bit nostalgic with the book selection.
Wetter, Louder, Stickier: A Baby Blues Collection (Baby Blues Scrapbook), BBXX: Baby Blues: Decades 1 & 2, Bedlam
July 25, 2016
Really? Mine are shrinking, along with other things due to stress generated by the ongoing business climate.
Dateline 2016-06-15, NST:
Earnings of local oil and gas (O&G) firms are not likely to shrink further as the downtrend in crude prices has largely stabilised and even tested new highs recently, analysts said. The 31 listed O&G companies saw aggregate 2015 revenue drop a moderate 18 per cent but pre-tax profit plummet 57 per cent, exacerbated by the impairment of assets and intangibles. RAM Ratings expects average Brent crude price of US$40 (RM163.60) a barrel this year and US$45 a barrel next year. It said crude prices are likely to stay volatile in the coming months, pressured by a slew of uncertainties over supply growth and concerns on unsustainable consumption growth in major consumer markets.