KOTA KINABALU - The country's first integrated oil and gas terminal is set to be operational by early next year after undergoing several months of a commissioning process.
Project director Noor Illias Mohd Idris said the commissioning process of the RM3.8billion (S$1.48 billion) Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal (SOGT) in Kimanis was due to begin soon.
"This is one of our biggest projects and is capable of processing 1.25 million standard cubic feet of gas and 260,000 barrels of oil daily," he said at a media briefing yesterday.
During the commissioning process, he said, loud noises due to the emission of gas flares as high as 100m would be heard by villagers within Kimanis and nearby areas.
"The flare is normal during commissioning due to the release of gas during equipment testing.
"The high-pressured gas needs to be burned before being released, according to the standards set by the Department of Environment," he said.
Illias said Petronas officials had briefed some 500 villagers living near the plant as well as about 1,000 fishermen in Papar on what to expect during the commissioning process.
"A 12km radius of the Kimanis Bay off the terminal has been designated as a no-fishing zone for the safety of fishermen. It will be hazardous for small fishing vessels as tankers nearly 290m long will be entering the area," he said.
The SOGT was built on a 104ha site 80km south of Kota Kinabalu.