Complaint about awarding of tender by Petronas


KUCHING: The Sarawak Petroleum Contractor’s Association (Speca) recently received a complaint from one of its members who participated in a tender entitled ‘Provision of Alternative Blasting and Painting for Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) Carigali’.

Speca president Datuk Rahman Lariwoo said that the contract was to provide equipment, manpower and consumable for the alternative blasting works offshore Sarawak.

He pointed out that the scope was no rocket science and there were many Sarawak companies which could provide such services.

“The award of the tender was not according to our state government’s objectives to have more Sarawak companies participate in its oil and gas industry. As such, we would like the state government to intervene.

“Sarawakian companies will be frustrated despite continuous efforts to improve themselves. We need better and fair treatment from Petronas,” Rahman said in a statement yesterday (Oct 3).

He disclosed that the tender was awarded to a company from West Malaysia that did not have a good track record in the market and that “the company had been long forgotten by the industry”.

“The said Speca member has a proven track record to a certain extent, is more than capable to deliver a quality job and ahead of schedule most of the time as manifested in its ongoing Fabric Maintenance Contract with Sarawak Shell/SPCC.

“We do not want another ‘trans-fame’ which quoted very low just to win the job and later outsource some of the scope to Sarawak companies at a much lower rates or worse, does not pay at all,” said Rahman.

At the same time, he congratulated Brooke Dockyard on its recent award from Shell for the Fabrication Works of TIMI Wellhead Platform.

“We hope it will get more awards in the near future,” he added.

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