Ku Li: Petronas must pay Kelantan oil royalties
Posted on July 26, 2009
Platform Cakerawala di JDA (ehsan Malaysian Thailand Joint Authority)
KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 – Former Petronas chairman Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has rubbished reasons given by the federal government over its dismissal of the Kelantan state government’s claim on oil royalties and says that the national oil company is obligated by law to pay up.
The Kelantan state government has claimed that is is owed RM1 billion in royalties from oil that has been extracted in an offshore area bordering Thailand.
In response, Information Communication and Culture Minister, Datuk Seri Rais Yatim had said that the Kelantan demand for oil royalty had no legal basis and was made to earn political mileage.
According to Tengku Razaleigh however, the vesting deed agreement, which he signed on behalf of Petronas as founding chairman and CEO, entitles the state to five per cent of any revenue derived from hydrocarbon deposits found on or offshore of the state.
“If I am chairman still of Petronas, I will pay without all the fuss,” he told The Malaysian Insider in an interview earlier this week. “And I feel all the more it should be paid because I signed the agreement! There is no two ways about it. It must be paid.”
The former finance minister declined to comment on whether political considerations played a part in the decision not to pay Kelantan oil royalties but noted that Terengganu oil royalty payments were suspended when it was under the opposition but was reinstated when it returned to Barisan Nasional rule last year.
“I don’t know what kind of politics they are playing,” he said.
He also agreed with the view that the government is currently overdependent on Petronas oil revenue and that it needs to scale down expenditure. (read here)
Berikut adalah senarai semasa platform di perairan ‘offshore’ Kelantan,
- Bulan Alpha / Jenis unmanned platform / Kontraktor Carigali Hess / Kedudukan Utara 07 13.07 Timur 103 02.24.
- Cakrawala / Jenis fix platform / Kontraktor carigali Hess / Kedudukan Utara 07 10.00 Timur 103 05.50.
- Puteri Cakrawala / Jenis Fuel Storage Offshore (FSO) / Kontraktor Carigali Hess / Kedudukan Utara 07 09.10 Timur 103 06.50.
- Suriya Alpha / Jenis unmanned platform / Kontraktor Carigali Hess / Kedudukan Utara 07 06.38 Timur 103 11.11.
- Bumi Alpha / Jenis unmanned platform / Kontraktor Carigali Hess / Kedudukan Utara 07 08.57 Timur 103 14.55.
- Bunga Orkid A / Jenis fixed platform / Kontraktor Talisman / Kedudukan Utara 07 12.20 Timur 103 48.36.
- FSO Orkid / Jenis Fuel Storage Offshore / Kontraktor Talisman / Kedudukan Utara 07 12.93 Timur 102 52.54.
- Roger W. Mowell / Jenis jack up platform / Kontraktor Talisman / Kedudukan Utara 07 13.30 Timur 103 49.08.
- Harvey H. Ward / Jenis jack up platform / Kontraktor Talisman / Kedudukan Utara 07 03.56 Timur 104 07.20.
- Bunga Raya Alpha / Jenis fixed platform / Kontraktor Talisman / Kedudukan Utara 06 58.60 Timur 104 10.70.
- FSO PM3 – CAA / Jenis Fuel Storage Offshore / Kontraktor Talisman / Kedudukan Utara 06 56.10 Timur 104 09.30.
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