KUCHING: The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) awarded Shell Projects & Technology Malaysia with the highest honour in design and engineering at the 58th IEM Annual Dinner and Awards Night held recently.
The ‘IEM Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award 2017’, presented to an oil and gas company for the first time in three decades, was awarded to Shell for its Malikai Tension Leg Platform (TLP) Deepwater Project located in Sabah.
The IEM Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award recognises an organisation or body for the engineering achievements within Malaysia.
The criteria set is stringent and takes into consideration aspects such as its contribution to the well-being of people and communities, resourcefulness in planning, creativity in the solution of design problems, pioneering use of materials and methods, innovations in planning, design and construction, and any other unusual aspects and aesthetics values.
The Malikai project is the first deep-water TLP in Malaysia and the first Shell TLP outside of the US Gulf of Mexico.
It includes a number of innovative deep-water technologies to unlock deep-water resources safely and efficiently.
Malikai features a cost-effective platform design and a unique, industry-first set of risers, or pipes that connect the platform to the wells for oil production, which required fewer drilling materials and lower costs.
“More than just a mega-structure of ‘firsts’, Malikai brought capability development and contributed significantly to the national agenda of local content.
The platform construction has generated new jobs and business, with much of the work being carried out in Malaysia,” said IEM president Tan Yean Chin in a statement yesterday.
“Most importantly, the Malikai project is designed in Malaysia, built by Malaysian fabricators and operated by Malaysians. It supports the country’s aspiration to be a hub for deepwater oil and gas within the region, bringing significant technology into Malaysia to nurture and develop local capability and capacity,” added Datuk Iain Lo, Chairman of Shell Companies in Malaysia.
Receiving the award is Momas Modon, a Sarawakian, who is Project Manager for Malikai.
He said, “The safe and successful start-up of Malikai in December 2016 is a highpoint for us. This highest engineering recognition honours the many engineers and workers within the Malikai Project Team from Shell, partners, contractors and subcontractors who have shown remarkable creativity, resilience and the greatest level of professionalism in delivering this historic project.”