KUCHING: The dream of having restaurants and homes running on Sarawak-made cooking gas is now realised with the launch of Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) own liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the Petros LPG will sell for RM26.60 statewide and will be exported to neighbouring Kalimantan, Indonesia.
“This red LPG barrel is a product of Sarawak as we have extracted the gas from our land and converted it to LPG. All of it, the gas, the barrel is made in Sarawak,” he said when officiating at the launch of Petros LPG at Kubah Ria here today.
Abang Johari said with the LPG, it will also benefit each level of the LPG process value chain, thus boosting the local economy.
“But the red barrel, as I told Dr Rundi (Utilites Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom), we need to go beyond (selling it at) Kubah Ria. We have sold electricity to Kalimantan, and the Kalimantan governor has written to us to supply them with LPGs.
“The people across the border are buying LPGs but there is no formal arrangement on it, so they wanted to collaborate with us in terms of supplying cooking gas as well as food items such as sugar and rice.
“We had a meeting with them as well as a consultation with the Indonesia consul general,” he said.
When asked on whether it is possible for Petros LPG to be sold cheaper as it is locally made, Abang Johari said the state government would look into the issue.
“We see how it goes, now it is RM26.60 per barrel, because in the rural areas, the cost of transportation is high. But over time, it is more efficient in terms of transportation, we can reduce the costs,” he said.
On expanding the cooking gas pipelines to all homes in Sarawak rather than being limited to Miri and Bintulu, the chief minister said such is currently in the planning stage.
“I can’t reveal it yet, but I can assure you that we are doing this to have an efficient distribution of LPG,” he said.