Datuk Rahman Lariwoo

KUCHING: SME Oil and Gas Sarawak companies should be allowed to form a consortium to be able to participate and be awarded with projects, said Sarawak Petroleum Contractors Association (Speca).

Its protem president Datuk Rahman Lariwoo also shared that each consortium will be lead by experienced and successful contractors.

“The mechanism of award should be friendlier, such as direct negotiation according to each consortium area of expertise while the selection must not compromise the quality and safety of the project.

“It should cover all project available projects proposed for Sarawak and the proposal should not be confined to new projects only.

“We know that there are few current ongoing projects that are behind schedule because some of the contractors are re-awarded which resulted in an overload for the contractor,” he said in a statement released on Friday.

In this approach, the association believes that every contractor in the state will have at least one project, if not more, and thus elevating the participation to 100 percent in the next five years.

“We have seen that big projects are being awarded to the same contractors. This happens when there are no other big Sarawakian companies that are qualified to take the contract.

“There are also cases where the contract is awarded to non-Sarawakian companies,” he said.

He also explained that there are currently more than 400 Sarawak contractors registered with Petronas, but only around 100 that are active in the country.

Rahman said this in support of Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali for the involvement of local companies in the state’s oil and gas industry.

He also expressed his wish to present their proposal to her if he ever has the chance.