Private firm to run PMB supply base

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Integrated Marine Supply Base that is being planned by the government in Pulau Muara Besar will be run by a commercial enterprise, the energy minister said.

In an interview with The Brunei Times, Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohd Yasmin Hj Umar said an intergrated marine supply base is being planned as part of the overall development of Pulau Muara Besar as a well-coordinated base to support all their offshore activities.

“The government, through the Brunei Economic Development Board, will provide and build the facility, but it will be run commercially. Everything will be privatised,” he said. The development of the marine supply base is expected to help facilitate more local content, he added.

For example, the top-side of the drilling platform for French oil company Total being run at the Maharaja Lela Jamalulalam oil and gas field was constructed in Vietnam, while the jacket was fabricated in Brunei. “In the future, there is no reason why the top-side cannot also be fabricated in Brunei,” said the minister.

The supply base will also include ship repair facilities, which meant a fully operational shipyard that will be involved in the building of new ships, said the minister. They will be side by side each other, he said. At the moment, the shipyard and the intergrated marine supply base are still in the planning stage, but the minister expects the tender to be out in the next two to three years.

Another recent development is the Sungai Duhon Industrial Area, which has been turned into a more organised site for fabrication and maritime-related industries, said the minister.

He said this would allow them to encourage further growth and opportunities for local small-and-medium enterprises.

“All this while, when people are given tender to supply a vessel to (BSP), a lot of them will need to have their own place for transport and their logistics,” he said. The Sungai Duhon site will be a facility to help provide those requirements using a plug and play concept.

“Everything is ready there, office, logistics store, parts store, breathing area, all the requirements for marine facilities,” said the minister, and said all companies had to do was to rent facilities. The minister said that the first three local tenants will be moving in this week.

The Brunei Times