His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam commanded for the formation of the Department of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office effective May 21, 2022.
With the main goal to support the national agenda for a dynamic and sustainable economy, the department contributes to the development of the country’s energy sector including oil and gas, power sector and renewable energy.
The Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam (PABD) Order 2019 commenced on December 31, 2019, and allows for the formation of the PABD, its Board and matters connected to the operations, functions and duties.
The PABD is a statutory body tasked to undertake regulation and monitoring of operations and infrastructure in the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas sector, and act as custodian of petroleum data in Brunei Darussalam.
The establishment of the PABD serves as an important milestone in the development of the oil and gas sector in Brunei by contributing to a more conducive business environment for the industry. The consolidation of operational regulatory functions of the oil and gas sector into a single entity is intended to streamline operations and provide clarity to businesses and potential investors for growth and diversification of the oil and gas industry. The statutory body will also serve as a technical resource to the government on petroleum matters.
The energy sector accounted for 58.8 per cent of the country’s total gross domestic product (GDP) in 2021, according to data released by the Department of Economic Planning and Statistics, Ministry of Finance and Economy (MoFE). The oil and gas upstream sector accounted for 49.6 per cent, whereas the downstream sector for petroleum refining and chemical products and power sector contributed 8.4 per cent.
The energy sector is a key engine for the growth and socio-economic development of Brunei, said Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Defence II Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof in a keynote address at the opening of the ‘Energy Security and Energy Transition: Today and Tomorrow’ exhibition launched on June 15, 2022 as part of the series of events for Energy Week in conjunction with the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition 2022 (Brunei MYCE 2022).
Within the ASEAN region, he also cited a forecast from the International Energy Agency that projects primary energy demand to increase by more than two thirds by 2040, while electricity demand is projected to grow 250 per cent. Towards this end, the Department of Energy places great emphasis on three main areas in meeting the country’s energy security needs.
“The first is, managing our hydrocarbon resource effectively and sustainably to ensure our oil and gas sector remains stable and sustainable. Second, diversifying the country’s energy mix by promoting the use of renewable energy and encouraging the efficient and prudent use of energy. And third, improving energy services that are reliable and safe to the public as well as to all sectors of the country.”
On energy transition, he emphasised that future growth in the energy sector must take into account issues on decarbonisation and the climate change agenda. Therefore, the country is pacing its energy sector growth with the energy transition agenda in mind towards a lowcarbon future. Brunei committed to a netzero target by 2050 during the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
“In this context, natural gas, the cleanest form of fossil fuel, stands out as the most important transition fuel to support this move. Brunei Darussalam as a major liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter will continue to develop its gas resources and promote natural gas in the global energy transition,” he added.
Meanwhile, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Abdul Manaf bin Haji Metussin in a keynote address during the Sustainable Economy Forum at the RB Campus on October 24, 2022 said that while the government is making efforts to diversify the economy away from hydrocarbons, “the downstream petrochemical industry still has a paramount role in broadening Brunei Darussalam’s economic base and ensuring sustainability”.
The minister said Brunei has expanded its product portfolio in the oil and gas downstream industries over the last decade. The country’s methanol plant has been operated by Brunei Methanol Company Sdn Bhd (BMC) since 2010, while the Refinery and Petrochemical Plant has been operated by Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd since 2019.
In 2021, the Brunei Fertilizer Industries Sdn Bhd (BFI) fertiliser plant as one of the largest in the region commenced operation with an annual production capacity of 1.365 million metric tonnes of urea. “While we develop this sector, Brunei Darussalam has installed safeguards to ensure our environment is protected, by undertaking necessary measures to mitigate the risks and long-term impacts.”
The Human Resource Competency Framework (HRCF) is a framework to aid in human resource development, launched by the Department of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office on June 16, 2022. The HRCF serves as a guide for the Department of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office, the Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam, the Department of Electrical Services (DES) and the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) to grow its workforce capacity and competencies in line with the development of the energy sector.
At the launch, the framework was described as a structured tool to build skills and to develop staff, consisting of four core competencies including leadership, management or functional skills, Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) skills, and technical competencies.
The framework ensures that performance standards are set at the required competency levels, and any identified competency gaps will be closed through learning and development activities. These include on-the-job and experiential learning, social learning and feedback from supervisors, colleagues and subordinates, and the course programmes. The framework also enables staff to do their own competency assessment, consequently recognising their areas of strengths and in turn initiates their development opportunities.
The country’s first climate change policy was launched by the Brunei Darussalam National Council on Climate Change on July 25, 2020. Dubbed the ‘Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy’ (BNCCP), the policy aims to pave the way towards low carbon and climate-resilience for a sustainable nation.
In recognising the nation’s foundations towards constructing a successful Zikir Nation, the BNCCP is driven by the five Maqasid (objectives) of the Syariah. The core strategic areas are guided by the principles of achieving Brunei Vision 2035 and promoting economic security, sustainability and prosperity through a low carbon approach in protecting the environment to ensure environmental sustainability.
The policy focusses on 10 core strategic areas with objectives that are to be implemented in the next 15 years: industrial emissions, forest cover, electric vehicles, renewable energy, power management, carbon pricing, waste management, climate resilience and adaptation, carbon inventory, and awareness and education.
Each strategy contains its own strategic objectives, policy tools, timeline and key performance indicators (KPIs) as a precursor to the action needed to take place to achieve each strategic target. The 10 key strategies of the BNCCP will be adopted with 2035 as a general target year.
The core strategic areas are guided by the principles of achieving Brunei Vision 2035 and promoting economic security, sustainability and prosperity through a low carbon approach in protecting the environment to ensure environmental sustainability.
In power management, Brunei aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 10 per cent through better supply and demand management of electricity consumption; while under carbon pricing, impose price on carbon emissions; and for waste management, reduce municipal waste to landfills to one kilogramme per person per day.
Under the strategy for climate resilience and adaptation, Brunei is looking at increasing capacity to adapt to climate impacts and in achieving resilience while in strategy for carbon inventory, mandatory monthly and annual reporting of carbon inventory.
For awareness and education, the country is looking to increase awareness and education surrounding mitigation and adaptation responses against climate change.
The implementation of this policy shows a potential of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to more than 50 per cent in 2035 in comparison to the Business-as- Usual level. With the BNCCP, both mitigation and adaptation strategies can be adopted to ensure that climate change issues are actively addressed in the short, medium and long-term.
The BNCCP was drafted by the Climate Policy Drafting Committee (CPDC), which consists of 39 agencies involving the government, private sector, research institutions, academics, associations, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and a group of about 51 youth representatives to emphasise that climate change issues are ‘cross-sectoral’ and require a ‘whole-of-nation’ approach.
The Brunei Energy Industry Integrity Pact was established in 2017 with 10 founding members comprising established oil and gas companies in Brunei. As of November 2021, the pact is made up of 88 members comprising both international and local companies.
The pact comprises 10 essential principles that companies will incorporate into their ways of working to ensure appropriate internal controls are in place to assess, prevent, detect and monitor integrity and compliance risks in the course of their operations. By agreeing to the pact, the industry conveys its zero-tolerance message that any company lacking integrity and transparency will not have the opportunity to do business with any of the oil and gas operators in Brunei.
Members of the Brunei Energy Industry Integrity Working Group, comprising employees from the oil and gas operators who jointly authored the Integrity Pact principles and are tasked with management and oversight of the companies’ compliance efforts, work to ensure the companies abide by the agreed principles.
Established in 1954, Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is a global integrated business enterprise headquartered in Japan that develops and operates businesses together with its offices and subsidiaries worldwide.
MC has 10 business groups that operate across virtually every industry: natural gas, industrial materials, petroleum and chemicals, mineral resources, industrial infrastructure, automotive and mobility, food industry, consumer industry, power solution and urban development.
Through its 10 business groups, MC’s current business activities have expanded far beyond its trading operations to include business development, production and manufacturing operations, working in collaboration with its trusted partners around the globe.
As a shareholder of Brunei LNG, MC has been involved in the country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) business from the beginning since the establishment of Brunei LNG in 1969 and the first LNG cargo delivery from Brunei to Japan in 1972. Since the first shipment to Japan, LNG produced in Brunei has contributed to the development of the industry and daily life in Japan.
Furthermore, in 2000 and after, MC acquired ownership of companies owning LNG carriers to join the LNG transportation sector and also participated in a Block CA2 upstream development. Over the past 50 years, MC has built a value chain that covers throughout upstream, liquefaction, sales and transportation. Aside from the LNG business in Brunei, MC is also involved in businesses MC Biotech (Astaxanthin) and Dart shuttle service in the country.
In order to promote the development of renewable energy in Brunei, MC in collaboration with the Brunei Government embarked on a solar power plant project. Commissioned in 2010, the 1.2-MW Tenaga Suria Brunei (TSB) solar plant located in Seria was used as a case study on the overall feasibility of solar energy in the country. The solar power generated from the TSB plant is equivalent to an annual electricity consumption of 200 households. The plant contributes about 0.14 per cent of the country’s total power generation capacity, operated by the Department of Electrical Services of the Department of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office.
With its comparatively lower environmental impact, LNG is a key energy source in the transition period to a carbon neutral society. Through its LNG facilities in North America, South Asia, Australia and other regions around the globe, MC provides a stable supply of energy while helping to address environmental challenges such as climate change and air pollution.
In an aim to secure supplies of cleaner energy to meet the evolving of customers and as part of its efforts to achieve a carbon neutral society, MC is also focussing its attention on developing next-generation energy. This includes hydrogen from natural gas/LNG, as well as carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies and carbon credits, all of which are expected to be promising methods for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd (Brunei LNG) made history as the first company in the Western Pacific to begin largescale liquefaction of natural gas when it was established in 1969. Today, Brunei LNG is one of the leading suppliers of liquefied natural gas (LNG), primarily supplying LNG to customers in the Asian region. To date, Brunei LNG has successfully delivered more than 7,500 cargoes to its customers upholding the highest standards of safe and reliable operations.
Brunei LNG’s 130-hectare plant has five liquefaction trains capable of processing up to 9,700m3 of gas per day. Brunei LNG is also the current sole producer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Brunei Darussalam, as a by-product of LNG for domestic sales.
As Brunei LNG strives to achieve its vision of being a reliable, sustainable, and competitive energy partner and an anchor to the future of Brunei, business transformation becomes critical. Brunei LNG is transforming as a business to be flexible and adaptable, staying competitive in the market, keeping up with the evolving and growing LNG industry.
As the world transitions to a lowcarbon and climate resilient future, Brunei LNG is committed to being a sustainable and responsible energy partner together with Brunei Darussalam. LNG is the ideal partner to renewable energy sources and a bridging fuel in the energy transition journey, compensating inefficiencies in, for example, solar or wind power.
Brunei LNG has been one of the key pillars of the economy of the country over the past five decades and remains steadfast in its commitment to support Brunei Vision 2035. Long term strategies and goals have been established to increase the number of local Bruneians in key positions, enhancing competencies and local business participation.
His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office graced the Crown Prince CIPTA Award 2021 Ceremony, the 9th instalment of CIPTA carrying the theme “Innovations for Society 5.0”.
People are Brunei LNG’s driving force, the engines of its operational excellence and the essence of the company’s strengths. In support of the Bruneianisation Directive, Brunei LNG has achieved 89 per cent Bruneianisation with over 700 employees working directly for the company.
Brunei LNG also continues to provide employment and development opportunities for the country’s youth through programmes such as the Operative Technicians Progression Scheme and Graduate Development Programme. The programmes will ensure that every individual will have the opportunity to develop to their maximum potential and become a productive workforce ready to meet the nation’s manpower needs. In 2022, Brunei LNG hired four Graduates, three Operative Technicians under the Operative Technician Progression Scheme (OTPS) and one Laboratory Technician under the Laboratory Technician Progression Scheme (LTPS).
Brunei LNG is a diverse and inclusive organisation providing equal opportunities for all Bruneians. Diversity and inclusion in Brunei LNG is about recognising differences, whether it is gender, age, race, religion or culture, along with respecting and valuing these differences. One in three Brunei LNG employees is female and women are represented across the organisation in both technical and non-technical roles.
EmployAbility trainees at one of the three Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) where they are reskilled and upskilled for their respective fields.
In line with Brunei LNG’s efforts to support and develop STEM capabilities in the country, the company inked a partnership with Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) in 2005 to sponsor and support the Creative, Innovative Product and Technological Advancement (CIPTA) Award – a competition aimed to promote a culture of ‘creations, innovations, and inventions’ among the people of Brunei. The competition is held biennially with His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah ibni His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Chairman of Brunei LNG, as the patron of the competition.
In terms of Bruneianisation and Local Business Development (LBD), Brunei LNG and business partners inked an agreement to assist its business partners to meet their Bruneianisation and LBD targets by supporting their human resource (HR) resourcing to provide a pool of skilled individuals who were capable for upskilling to other expertise in the business. This was done in close consultation with the Manpower Industry Steering Committee and Manpower Planning and Employment Council.
As part of Brunei LNG’s efforts to build a capable, highly skilled Bruneian workforce to deliver Brunei Vision 2035, a Social Investment Flagship Programme called EmployAbility was created and launched in February 2022, alongside the Pilot Apprenticeship Programme. Brunei LNG is collaborating on the programme with four Business Partners, namely Adinin Works and Engineering Sdn Bhd, Tendrill International Sdn Bhd, Zainal Daud Sdn Bhd and Exceltech Solutions Sdn Bhd.
The aim of EmployAbility is to increase employment and increase the ability meaning skills and competence through capability building of the local workforce. EmployAbility aspires to build a sustainable local workforce to replace foreign workers; contribute to lowering national unemployment and provide upskilling and reskilling of available job seekers through training and coaching.
The long history of the LNG industry in Brunei is a proud story of the country and its people under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di- Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
In the 1960s, Brunei embarked on an ambitious joint venture with Shell Overseas Holdings Limited and Mitsubishi Corporation to begin largescale liquefaction and transportation of natural gas following the discovery of gas reserves in the country’s waters.
The Brunei LNG Plant construction in Lumut was completed in 1972, thrusting Brunei’s name in the world as the first LNG project in Asia and the third largest LNG plant at the time. Shortly thereafter Brunei LNG delivered its first LNG cargo to Osaka Gas in Japan by the vessel SS Gadinia to the Senboku Terminal No 1.
His Majesty officially opened the plant on April 4, 1973. In his titah, His Majesty stated he hoped the plant would bring prosperity to the country, having always believed that such enterprises would contribute significantly towards Brunei’s development, particularly in the aspect of economy and the standard of living. He also highlighted the importance of locals being a part of the LNG industry.
In 2013, and in addition to its highly valued Japanese foundation customers – JERA, Tokyo Gas and Osaka Gas – Brunei LNG took the step to diversify its portfolio of buyers from end users to traders, signing Sale and Purchase Agreements with Shell Eastern Trading Pte Ltd and Petronas LNG Ltd. Since then, Brunei LNG has further diversified, grown and expanded its contractual portfolio of customers presenting the company the important opportunity to explore outside of its traditional markets.
While the role of and demand for LNG continues to grow globally, Brunei LNG maintains its unique role as a safe and reliable supplier in the Asia Pacific region, building on its pioneering past while expanding and diversifying for the future.
Brunei LNG produces and delivers LNG, which is the cleanest fossil fuel, set to overtake coal as the world’s second largest energy source. Although renewables continue to gain traction, they are still limited in their ability to provide full energy coverage. This is where LNG comes in, with power generated from LNG emitting 50 per cent less greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, compared to coal.
Brunei LNG planted over 1,200 trees in 2022 as part of its commitment to the Green Protocol under the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP), supporting the Brunei Government’s commitment towards a low carbon and climate resilient nation.
Brunei LNG recognises the role that it plays in the decarbonisation effort as a key partner in energy transition and in supporting the Brunei Government’s commitment towards a low carbon and climate resilient nation via the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP). Brunei LNG is expanding sustainability initiatives to ensure LNG is produced responsibly across the end-to-end value chain providing low carbon solutions to customers, striving to avoid and further reduce carbon emissions across the business, moving towards safeguarding tomorrow’s future today.
Brunei LNG aims to shift 10 per cent of its installed power generation capacity to renewables beyond 2025, continuing to develop end explore potential opportunities to enable emissions avoidance in the future.
As a sustainable partner to the community, Brunei LNG aims to protect the environment by championing environmental initiatives such as tree planting in the community and through the Brunei LNG Eco Eagles, an initiative aimed at creating an active green community in Brunei LNG.
Brunei LNG planted over 1,200 saplings in 2022 as part of its commitment to the Green Protocol under the BNCCP, supporting the Brunei Government’s commitment towards a low carbon and climate resilient nation.
In July 2021, Brunei LNG delivered its first carbon neutral LNG cargo making it the first LNG supplier in the Southeast Asian region to do so. The integrated collaboration between Brunei LNG, Shell, and Osaka Gas marked an important milestone in Brunei LNG’s journey as a key partner for energy transition, enabling customers to move towards their net zero ambition by compensating the full lifecycle carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of the cargo by using carbon offset from nature-based solutions.
Brunei LNG’s carbon neutral LNG cargo offering is one of the ways to transform the business to be more sustainable, keeping in pace with the society’s global ambition to tackle climate change.
Similar to the company’s pioneering roots in the LNG space, Brunei LNG is pioneering in the digitalisation space, whereby its engineers are doing proactive technical monitoring of the plant and advancing process optimisation through data analysis.
Brunei LNG has already delivered additional millions to the company’s bottom line by designing a plant that is constantly looking for more gas from its upstream suppliers. This automated feed system is working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure that all available gas to the plant is liquefied.
Brunei LNG has also successfully created a proof of concept digital twin (a digital replication) of a part of its plant in August 2022, introducing people to an interactive plant visualisation platform for learning, maintenance, and emergency response. Today, about 20 per cent of employees have experienced and utilised the Digital Twin technology. It has already helped to find documents and drawings much quicker than before, increasing efficiency. It has also helped newcomers and nontechnical employees to understand the plant better. These examples of digitalisation have given a head start in paving the way for the future of work.
Brunei LNG is currently conducting laser scanning of its plant to create a photo-realistic 3D model of the plant, similar to Google Maps Street View, a component of the digital twin.
Adaptation to digital transformation is vital in the ever-growing industry. Brunei LNG is proud to be the first ever pilot in all Shell Joint Venture Assets to use laser scan technology with Autonomous Integrity Recognition (AIR) technology where it is used for corrosion detection. AIR technology gives industrial equipment the ability to “see” what it is doing and make rapid decisions based on what it sees – in simple terms, putting a brain behind a camera.
Using this technology, and comparing it against the traditional manual field inspection, it results in a reduction of over 90 per cent of field hours and consequently results in the HSE exposure. It also increases the site coverage by 30 per cent, getting into tough-to-see areas that human eyes may miss. It is one of the many ways of transforming and digitalising Brunei LNG, improving safety, reliability, and efficiency.
Brunei LNG continues making great strides in enabling its Connected Worker – a key solution to promote safety, improve productivity, work efficiency and boost connectivity within the workforce, by revolutionising the way tasks are performed with the use of combined hardware wearables, mobile devices, network, and software tools.
A great example of how the workforce is connected towards the future is the Digital Smart Helmet, allowing operators in the plant to make voice and video calls with others remotely, including externally located vendors and subject matter experts who are not physically on-site. In February 2023, the maintenance team successfully performed a jetty rail car function test with the equipment specialist remotely using the Digital Smart Helmet. The specialist, located in the UK, was able to provide remote assistance through voice and video calls, enabling the local team to move forward with a solution, resulting in the saving of both time and cost.
Brunei LNG is actively investing in building the digital capability for the organisation and its people, upskilling local Bruneians to be digitally savvy and digitally literate creating a highly skilled workforce ready for the future of work. An objective for accelerating digitalisation is to allow early efficiency gains and consequently supporting cost management and bottom-line, thereby contributing towards Brunei Vision 2035 goals of a dynamic and sustainable economy.
Brunei LNG, continues to be the engine of growth for Brunei. In 2022 alone, Brunei LNG has contributed BND1.3 billion to the Brunei economy. Brunei LNG remains a competitive and reliable business, a trusted partner for energy transition, generating revenue to fund opportunities towards a green economy. Brunei LNG is also actively investing in building the digital capability for the organisation and its people, upskilling local Bruneians to be digitally savvy and digitally literate creating a highly skilled workforce ready for the future of work.
As a business and as a Bruneian company, Brunei LNG is committed to transforming as a business, sustaining its operations, and continuing to be a key contributor to the nation’s economy. Brunei LNG is an engine of growth for the country, and is invested to continuously generate revenue to power the progress of sustainability efforts in Brunei Darussalam. Brunei LNG and its shareholders are looking to the future, transforming the business to achieve Brunei LNG’s vision of being a reliable, sustainable, and competitive energy partner and an anchor to the future of Brunei.
Brunei Shell Marketing Company Sdn Bhd (BSM) is the sole supplier of fuels, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), bitumen and Shell lubricants in Brunei Darussalam since 1959. Its quality fuels include Shell Premium, Shell Super, Shell Regular, Shell Diesel and its advanced Shell V-Power introduced in 2020 to meet the modern highperformance engine requirement.
The company operates from its main office in Bandar Seri Begawan, Muara Terminal and Brunei International Airport Aviation Depot. The BSM Aviation Depot supplies jet fuels to aircraft at the airport including the national carrier, as well as corporate jet operators. BSM also supplies marine fuels to Brunei’s major ports and ships as part of its bunkering services.
Currently, BSM has 37 retail stations across the country including the latest riverine station in Kampong Buang Sakar and the Batang Duri Station in Temburong District. Kampong Buang Sakar serves the Kampong Ayer community, particularly the residents, taxi boat operators and fishermen.
In September 2022, the Sultanate took a huge leap towards vehicle electrification after launching its first retail rapid charging station in Lambak. The station features a Shell Recharge 175-kilowatt hour rapid charger which can charge an electric vehicle (EV) from zero to 80 per cent in under 30 minutes. The launch demonstrates BSM’s commitment to offering cleaner energy solutions to power Brunei’s transportation sector, embracing greener mobility while also welcoming evolving technologies to co-exist with conventional transport fuels.
During the launch, BSM Managing Director Muhammad Norshafiee bin Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil said the company plans to take a pragmatic approach in expanding Shell Recharge across the country as they work closely with authorities and industry players to identify the needs and requirements to meet the growth of EV ownership.
With access to one of the largest electric charging solutions providers globally, BSM keeps up to date with the latest e-mobility technologies and learnings. “Together let’s support the transformation of Brunei’s vehicle industry, to support the Brunei Darussalam National Climate Change Policy (BNCCP) initiatives,” he added.
Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah; Minister of Development Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Muhammad Juanda bin Haji Abdul Rashid; Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Pengiran Dato Seri Setia Shamhary bin Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Mustapha; and Deputy Minister of the Department of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw watch a demonstration of the charging station.
As a trusted and committed mobility partner, safety at Shell retail stations is of paramount importance to BSM and only by working together can Goal Zero (incidentfree) be achieved. To raise safety awareness among the public, BSM launched the ‘Fill Safe, Feel Safe 2022’ campaign, the fourth series of the campaign since its first launch in 2014. The campaign aimed to ensure that petrol stations prioritise safety by complying with the guidelines and safety regulations.
The campaign ran for four weeks, with each week focussing on a different theme. The first week focussed on people driving safely when entering and exiting petrol stations, in addition to ensuring that vehicles do not exceed the maximum height limit. The second week focussed on using suitable containers to purchase petrol, followed by the third week which focussed on making payments only after fuel filling is completed to avoid incidents such as petrol nozzles being pulled off. Finally, the fourth week focussed on public cooperation to respect service champions on duty.
Through its safety campaigns, BSM aspires to create a culture where all customers are aware of the rules at petrol stations, supported by station attendants who will intervene any potentially unsafe activities to ensure everyone goes home safely. For more than 60 years, BSM has been a vital part of life in the country. Through innovation and relentlessly focussing on the needs of its customers, BSM will continue to support the nation now and in the future moving forward with them.
Established in 1998, Brunei Gas Carriers (BGC) is a joint venture company incorporated in Brunei Darussalam by the Brunei Government, Shell Gas BV and Diamond Gas Carriers BV. With the primary mission of delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Brunei’s international clients, BGC has been a vital force in contributing to the nation’s economic growth.
The delivery of Bruneian LNG to Japan began with Gadinia (later known as Bebatik) in 1972. Since then, LNG has become one of Brunei’s major exports. BGC currently owns four LNG vessels (Arkat, Amali, Amani and Amadi) ranging from 147,000m3 to 154,800m3.
The year 2023 marks BGC’s 25th anniversary, demonstrating its resilience in supporting the nation’s Hydrocarbon Value Chain, ensuring timely and safe delivery of LNG to Brunei’s international customers. At present, the business opportunities for BGC are centred on the provision of services to Brunei LNG, delivering LNG cargoes predominantly to its clients in the Asia-Pacific region. The BGC vessels have, from time to time, been sub-chartered to the international market, marking cargo deliveries to far afield such as in South Asia, Middle East and Europe, as well as a few instances of LNG ship to ship transfers.
BGC aspires to develop its services and expand beyond the delivery of LNG by focussing on diversification as part of its efforts to be a sustainable business. The company is also committed to adopting new technologies and practices that are environmentally responsible and socially conscious. This approach will not only contribute to a better future for the company, but also for the communities it serves, creating a positive impact beyond the horizon.
BGC is a company made by Bruneians for Bruneians. By investing in local talent, BGC believes it can help support Brunei Vision 2035 and further strengthen the country’s economy.
In support of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s Government to see the involvement of Bruneians in all aspects of the oil and gas industry, BGC aspires to be the country’s main talent pipeline for the marine industry. The recently launched Bridge Simulator Training Centre (BSTC) is one of the initiatives by BGC to develop the local maritime industry.
BGC considers its people as its most important asset, and the company provides a wide range of upskilling opportunities for its staff as well as learning and development sessions such as the Office Development Day in 2022. Earlier this year, BGC launched its LinkedIn Learning programme so its staff can learn anytime anywhere through a personalised learning experience.
The company is also constantly looking at other ways to improve itself to remain competitive and ensure sustained growth across its entire business. In these unprecedented times, the ability of shipping services to continue undisrupted across the continents plays a critical role in overcoming global situations like the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, BGC has embarked on its digital transformation roadmap supported by five key pillars: Operation Optimisation, Fleet Safety and Reliability, Process and Data Excellence, Cost Competitiveness, and Digital Competency.
Since 2020, BGC had achieved several milestones in its key project deliveries such as the Crew Manning System, Crew Portal for Seafarers and Cybersecurity Technical Implementation on its vessels as part of its Digital Transformation Roadmap Journey. BGC is also working towards increasing its workforce digital competency through the Power BI Programme. The digital transformation journey will continue with its Fleet Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Project implementation.
As technology continues to evolve, adapting to technological changes is a necessity and BGC strives to continuously elevate its standards of operations, following international benchmarks. All of the BGC ships have Dual Fuel Diesel Electric Engines (DFDE) that are at least 30 per cent more energy-efficient than its previous steam ships in addition to being more environmentally sustainable.
Taking into account uncertainties in the future of shipping technologies, BGC also acknowledges the need to consider the use of bridging technologies and fuel flexibility to facilitate the transition from traditional fuels.
BGC is also committed to pursuing the goal of no harm and no leaks, and to sustain zero total recordable cases (TRC) in its day-to-day operations both onshore and offshore. The company’s safety record proves ‘Goal Zero’ is achievable as BGC ensures everyone goes home safely to their families and loved ones.
BGC firmly believes that the most effective social investment initiatives are ones that build value, especially in terms of demonstrating commitment to economic and social development, thereby allowing the company to foster strong ties with the local community.
The i-Usahawan programme is part of BGC’s social investment strategy to help local entrepreneurs start and grow their business in collaboration with the Department of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office. Through this initiative, participants propose innovative ideas and build their confidence in tendering, enabling them to eventually bid for larger projects in the future.
BGC held its first i-Usahawan Graduation event in 2022 to recognise two of its i-Usahawan business partners. As part of its local capability development vision, BGC will continue to support the i-Usahawan ecosystem and provide opportunities for young, budding local entrepreneurs.
BGC also carries out its annual charitable deeds under ‘Project Amali’, presenting donations in the form of eidiya which is collected through its internal donative drive among its staff. With Project Amali, BGC aims to inculcate the spirit of benevolence among BGC staff and at the same time align with Project Amali’s objectives to aid, interact and build relationships with the local communities.
In an interview with the Borneo Bulletin Yearbook, Managing Director of Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd Captain Abdul Mateen Abdurrahman Liew highlighted some of the company’s achievements.
One of BGC’s most significant milestones is attaining its Document of Compliance (DoC) from the Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam (MPABD).
“We previously used Shell International Trading and Shipping Company (STASCO) as our ship managers, but in the last few years we were able to get our DoC from MPABD and are now recognised as ship managers in our own right, showing that we are capable of delivering LNG or whatever we need to deliver onboard our ships by ourselves,” he said.
Other milestones include having female officers and cadets onboard, conducting LNG STS Operations, and delivering cargoes to new, challenging ports. BGC played a significant part in commissioning a new LNG Terminal at RGT Pengerang in Malaysia. Despite the pandemic, BGC completed its delivery for the past four years without any delay.
“This is to prove to people that we are more than capable of achieving notable feats for Brunei Darussalam. We have the best of all that is able to be offered. But again, we are all supported by the Government and our directors to drive to that vision.”
The managing director also underlined the importance of teamwork and having competent people, both onshore and offshore. Without both sides working together, the company would not be where it is now, said the managing director.
Awareness around the company has also improved, with BGC known for its role of delivering LNG. As a shipping company, BGC looks into delivering other substances such as ammonia and hydrogen in the future.
“Our vision is to become a very competitive company that can compete internationally. That’s where we want to go, not just in Brunei Darussalam.”
Touching on future plans, the managing director said, “As things dictate, with new regulations and climate change, we want to move into greener technologies. I need to be able to take this company into newer markets. I need to ensure that all our vessels or our assets are more than capable of grasping these new opportunities in these newer markets, and be sure that we are there first and foremost be able to grab all these opportunities for the Bruneian seafarers as well, and not just in BGC, but in the maritime industry in Brunei Darussalam.”
By far the largest oil and gas producer in the country, Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) has been a major contributor to Brunei’s economic growth since the discovery of the Seria field in 1929. BSP’s core activities include exploring for, and producing, oil and gas from onshore and offshore fields for domestic use and export to international markets.
BSP supplies 350,000 barrels of oil and gas equivalent every day to countries such as Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Australia and numerous others around the world. It operates an extensive and complex infrastructure on land and offshore, with over 200 offshore structures linked by over 5,000 kilometres of pipelines, recovering oil and gas from over 4,500 individual reservoirs produced through more than 800 wells.
With the support of its shareholders, BSP aims to continue powering Brunei’s future for generations to come. BSP has signed several key commercial agreements such as to supply natural gas to Brunei Fertilizer Industries Sdn Bhd (BFI) plant and to provide crude oil to Hengyi refinery.
These partnerships will further strengthen BSP’s commercial portfolio and its reputation as a reliable oil and gas supplier within the region and beyond.
BSP also highlights its efforts towards actively increasing its portfolio through active exploration including onshore and offshore drilling activities. BSP has also expanded its offshore exploration activities by embarking on deepwater projects. With state-of-the-art seismic acquisition, BSP has been able to explore more opportunities and pursue growth, supported by a diverse and highly qualified skill pool.
As part of its contribution towards Brunei’s efforts of becoming a lowcarbon nation, the BSP Flagship Solar PV Plant was launched in 2021. The solar power generated is equivalent to the electricity consumption of approximately 600 households per year.
The plant signifies BSP’s strong commitment to pursue energy diversification and decarbonisation, as well as supporting the country’s target of increasing the total share of renewable energy to at least 30 per cent of total power generation capacity by 2035.
Established in 1962, Brunei Oxygen Sdn Bhd (Brunox) is jointly owned by Air Liquide and QAF Brunei Group. Brunox is the country’s leading supplier of industrial gases, serving a wide array of customers including factories, hospitals, laboratories, oil and gas companies and agrifood industries.
Apart from its core business of producing industrial gases, Brunox also offers fabrication, installation and commissioning of gas pipeline systems; gas-related onshore and offshore services; welding and cutting equipment; as well as training and management programmes.
In 2018, Brunox launched the first air separation plant in Brunei. Located in Kuala Belait, the plant’s construction took a year and a half to complete. The plant is able to produce 40 tonnes of liquefied oxygen, nitrogen and argon targetting to meet local demand with potential to be exported regionally. Before the launch of its air separation plant, Brunox imported tonnes of industrial gases daily to serve its customers.
With local production, Brunox is in a better position to meet the growing needs of its customers, create job opportunities, enhance local technical competencies and contribute towards the development of Brunei’s economy.
Headquartered in the Belait District, Megamas Training Company Sdn Bhd specialises in health, safety and environment (HSE) training and consultancy. Megamas is the first integrated safety training establishment to register in Brunei in 1989, focussing on safety in the oil and gas industry. Since then, Megamas has expanded its expertise, providing extensive training courses and consultancy services in line with international safety standards and expectations in all fields of work.
In 2004, Megamas became the first training provider in the region to provide the NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC). The globally recognised NEBOSH certificate is an essential qualification for individuals who intend to work in the HSE field.
Other courses available include the OPITO approved Tropical BOSIET (T-BOSIET) and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Certificate in Food Safety.
With a strong combination of local commitment and global expertise, Megamas is acknowledged as one of the leading training providers in the region with a track record for quality courses and worldwide recognition and achievements to boot. The company conducts over 200 courses not only for the oil and gas industry, but also other industries such as construction, telecommunication, education, manufacturing, food and beverages, as well as hospitality.
In 2019, Megamas was awarded by NEBOSH from the United Kingdom for obtaining the ‘Gold Status’ in the newly launched NEBOSH Learning Partner programme. Megamas is one of the three training providers in Southeast Asia and among the 25 training providers in the world to achieve the Gold Learning Partner status.
thyssenkrupp is an international group of companies comprising largely independent industrial and technology businesses with about 96,000 employees. Its business activities are bundled in six segments: Materials Services, Industrial Components, Automotive Technology, Steel Europe, Marine Systems and Multi Tracks. The group is led by thyssenkrupp AG. Founded in 1999 as a stock corporation under German law, the company has dual domiciles in Essen und Duisburg.
Its corporate headquarters is located in the thyssenkrupp quarter in Essen. The Executive Board of thyssenkrupp AG sets the strategy for the group’s development and steers the businesses, corporate functions and service units.
Backed by extensive technological know-how, the businesses develop cost-effective and resource-friendly solutions to the challenges of the future. Around 3,600 employees work in research and development at 75 locations all over the world, mainly in the fields of climate protection, energy transition, digital transformation in the industry and mobility of the future.
The thyssenkrupp group currently has a portfolio of approximately 17,370 patents and utility models. Under the umbrella brand thyssenkrupp, the group creates long-term value with innovative products, technologies and services and helps make life better for future generations.
To this end, the company pursues ambitious climate protection targets and optimises its own energy and climate efficiency. At the same time, it uses its diverse abilities along the relevant value chains to play a significant role in driving forward its customers’ green transformation.
In a challenging macroeconomic environment, thyssenkrupp is driving forward the transformation of the company resolved in May 2019 and specified in more detail in May 2020. The aim is to realign thyssenkrupp as a sustainable and high-performing group of companies with a lean management model and clearly structured portfolio. The framework for this comprises its brand and its values.
The transformation of thyssenkrupp follows a clear concept. The company is gradually adjusting its portfolio in line with the value and development potential of the individual businesses and has already made promising progress. Furthermore, thyssenkrupp has introduced measures to further enhance the profitability of the businesses as an efficient new basis for renewed profitable growth of the entire group.
While striving to make a contribution to reducing carbon dioxide, thyssenkrupp also aims to be a relevant partner and enabler for the green transformation of its customers. The company sees enormous potential for further growth in hydrogen, green chemicals, renewable energy and e-mobility.
thyssenkrupp’s strength is that it offers key competencies for decisive aspects of the green transformation. This applies to hydrogen and various perspectives of the value chain. In its solutions for green steel production, thyssenkrupp will be using large quantities of hydrogen in the future to reduce climate-relevant emissions.
Its portfolio also includes further promising products and solutions that are vital for the success of the green transformation. Examples are components for automotive engineering that are independent of the type of powertrain, intelligent optimised supply chains at materials services and plants for the production of carbon dioxide-reduced cement at Polysius.
In its transformation process, thyssenkrupp is guided by its three action areas: performance, portfolio and people.
In this way, thyssenkrupp creates the framework conditions for the individual businesses to develop in the best possible way and take sustainable as well as leading market positions, both economically and in terms of climate protection.
From supply chain to internal processes and customers, thyssenkrupp attaches great importance to the topics of environmental protection, climate change and energy efficiency. With its solutions thyssenkrupp wants to help meet rising demand for goods and services in a resource-efficient way. Environmental protection is therefore a core element of thyssenkrupp’s sustainability efforts and thus its corporate strategy.
Its environmental, climate and energy management is based on the group’s environmental and energy policy and a corresponding Group Regulation. Clear requirements have been formulated in the areas of energy efficiency, energy management and environmental management.
The group’s contribution to energy efficiency is part of the Indirect Financial Targets (IFTs) and represents an important lever for achieving its climate targets. The implementation is supported by internal committees and local training. The internal and external exchange of experience at various levels also contribute to the success of the implementation of its programmes and measures.
Its environmental, climate and energy management systems are based on the group’s global environmental and energy policy and a corresponding group regulation. This regulation requires all companies with environmentally relevant activities to operate an environmental management system in accordance with ISO 14001.
The international standard covers all relevant environmental aspects, from the reduction of wastewater, waste and emissions to the environmental impact of products during use through to disposal.
Activities regarded as environmentally relevant are defined in a group regulation. Since fiscal year 2019/2020, all environmentally relevant companies within the meaning of this regulation have had an environmental management system certified in accordance with ISO 14001.
In the reporting period around 73 per cent of its sites in terms of the total workforce had an environmental management system that was implemented and certified in accordance with ISO 14001.
Energy efficiency also plays an important role at thyssenkrupp. The global Groupwide Energy Efficiency Program (GEEP) includes measures such as better use of waste heat, the reduction of stand-by times and the replacement of plant components.
For the seventh year in a row, CDP has recognised thyssenkrupp AG as one of the world’s leading companies in climate protection. With its sustainability strategy, thyssenkrupp contributes to reducing emissions, lowering climate burdens and sustainably supporting the development of a carbon dioxide-free economy. thyssenkrupp is one of the 330 international companies on CDP’s Climate Protection A-List 2022, including 15 from Germany.
With the decision from September 2022 to build a direct reduction plant, thyssenkrupp has already set the course for climate-friendly steel from Germany. In the future, the plant will produce around 2.5 million tonnes of green steel from 2026, saving up to 3.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
The electrolysis business thyssenkrupp nucera is one of the few suppliers worldwide to already offer technologies for the production of hydrogen on an industrial scale. The plant engineers at thyssenkrupp Uhde are experts in the construction of ammonia and methanol plants, the transport media for the import of green hydrogen. Innovative slewing bearings from thyssenkrupp rothe erde are also making the boom in wind energy possible.
Electromobility also benefits from thyssenkrupp’s technology and knowhow. From the classic combustion engine business, the group of companies began developing new products for electric drives 10 years ago. Today thyssenkrupp manufactures e-components for well-known manufacturers on equipment previously used to produce combustion technology.
thyssenkrupp provides continuous and fully integrated reporting on its sustainability performance in its annual report and on its corporate website, based on a set of national and international standards.
thyssenkrupp regards the ideas and requirements of its stakeholders as central factors for business success and sustainability management. It is therefore natural that it maintains a continuous dialogue with customers, employees, investors, government, neighbours and other representatives of civil society. Sustainability aspects play an increasingly important role in this.
The formats of the stakeholder dialogue differ according to target group, business sector, or concrete issues. Among others they include: customer and sales talks, research and development collaborations and networks, employee feedback talks and internal events, employee surveys, roadshows, general meetings, political dialogue, neighbourhood dialogue, partnerships with schools and universities, forums and conferences on specific topics as well as trade shows and other events.
thyssenkrupp is committed to open, constructive, and transparent dialogue. To this end thyssenkrupp is involved in various multi-stakeholder initiatives and associations such as the United Nations Global Compact, econsense, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the World Steel Association and the Federation of German Industries (BDI). On the front of corporate social responsibility, thyssenkrupp is involved in areas such as education. With its extensive projects, thyssenkrupp facilitates access to education and promotes enthusiasm for technology and innovation.
thyssenkrupp also supports the voluntary social commitment of its employees. Its employees help to solve specific societal challenges and make a difference all around the world.
thyssenkrupp Uhde combines unique technological expertise and decades of global experience in the engineering, procurement, construction and service of chemical plants. thyssenkrupp Uhde develops innovative processes and products for a more sustainable future and thus contributes to the long-term success of its customers in almost all areas of the chemical industry. Its portfolio includes leading technologies for the production of basic chemicals, fertilisers and polymers as well as complete value-chains for green hydrogen and sustainable chemicals.
In 2017, thyssenkrupp Uhde was selected by Brunei Fertilizer Industries Sdn Bhd (BFI) for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a new fertiliser production facility. thyssenkrupp Uhdes’ scope of supply for this fertiliser complex includes not only the engineering, but also the supply of equipment, erection, supervision of construction and commissioning as well as various offsite and related utility systems.
With a production capacity of 3,900 tonnes of urea and 2,200 tonnes of ammonia per day, it is one of the biggest fertiliser facilities in Southeast Asia. The plant reached a major milestone with the production of its first commercial urea to market specifications.
Safety has always been a top priority of thyssenkrupp Uhde, and this commitment applies to everyone involved in the new greenfield fertiliser project. thyssenkrupp Uhde stands for high safety standards, and occupational safety and health is a top priority for the entire thyssenkrupp Group. It is part of thyssenkrupp’s corporate culture and an important component of the competitiveness of the group.
Precisely for this reason thyssenkrupp Uhde’s commitment to safety is clear. During project execution the project with BFI reached more than five million safe man-hours worked without incident, a testimony to effective training and management. At peak times, there were more than 3,500 people working on the plant site. Providing a safe workplace has always been a priority for the entire thyssenkrupp group.
thyssenkrupp uses its broad technological expertise to develop highquality products and high-performance processes and services. Under a strong umbrella brand, thyssenkrupp strives to make an important contribution to a better, more livable and more sustainable future with its products and services. Its brand promise and the high standards it has set for itself are reflected in its motto ‘engineering. tomorrow.together.’
Together with its customers, thyssenkrupp strives to use its technologies and innovations to develop cost-effective and resourcefriendly solutions to the challenges of the future.
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