LANGKAWI, Malaysia – Petronas has entered a collaboration with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency to safeguard the country’s offshore oil and gas facilities.
Abdul Jalil Zainul, Petronas’ Head of Strategic Relations said the aim was to avoid incidents such as maritime accidents, encroachment and fish bombings, and potential crises or disasters within the oil and gas operation areas.
“There are close to 300 offshore oil and gas facilities in the South China Sea, with numerous safety and security challenges,” he said, “and most of these threats were found to occur within the safety zone and restricted areas surrounding the offshore upstream installations.”
In addition, the two parties will examine how to improve search and rescue operations in the event of an emergency, within the parameters of the facilities.
An outreach program for the communities and fishermen residing and operating along Malaysian coastal areas is designed to make them aware of the dangers of fishing at the restricted areas surrounding the offshore facilities.
The collaboration will be supported by other government agencies such as the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia, the Royal Malaysian Navy, the Royal Malaysian Air Force, the Royal Malaysian Police, and the Marine Department of Malaysia.