The 3D render of BFI plant. Image: Courtesy of Ministry of Energy

Brunei Fertilizer Industries (BFI) is targetting a total of 500 direct employment opportunities during its first year of operation next year with 70 per cent local workforce.

The government-owned company is currently building its ammonia and urea plant on a 55-hectare site in Sungai Liang Industrial Park (SPARK) which began in May 2018.

The state-of-the-art plant is scheduled for its first urea production by the second quarter of 2021 as highlighted in His Majesty’s Titah in conjunction with His Majesty’s 74th birthday celebration.

Once the construction is completed, BFI plant will be amongst the largest fertiliser plants in Southeast Asia, consisting of three parts; Offsite & Utilities, Ammonia and Urea plants.

It is able to produce 2,200 metric tons of ammonia and 3,900 metric tons of urea per day, making it the world’s largest single-train ever constructed. The products will be exported to the agriculture industry in the region.

The BFI state-of-the-art plant under construction in SPARK. Image: Courtesy of Ministry of Energy

The BFI plant is one of the two large downstream oil and gas projects in Brunei alongside the PMB Refinery and Petrochemical Plant at Pulau Muara Besar.

Moreover, in 2018, the Ministry of Energy had issued the Bruneianisation directives for oil and gas companies to employ 90 per cent locals at all levels and skill-pools.

As of August 2020, BFI’s current workforce stands at a total of 357, consisting of experienced professionals from the industry and trainees.

In 2018 and 2019, the company had also recruited 16 i-Ready trainees for both technical and non-technical fields who are now full-time employees at BFI.

As part of BFI’s commitment in developing local talents, 161 trainees had undergone various training programmes under BFI’s operation and maintenance training programme at Insitut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) in Terengganu, Malaysia, ASEAN Bintulu Fertilizer in Bintulu; Petronas Chemical Fertilizers in Kedah and Gas Processing Plant Utilities in Kertih.

BFI employees at the plant located in SPARK. Image: Courtesy of Ministry of Energy

These trainees are being assigned at the BFI plant for hands-on training in different disciplines comprising of operations, maintenance, safety and laboratory to complete their 12 months training programme.

They are being mentored and trained by respective BFI industry experts to inculcate their know-how on the technical aspects of the plant such as process, functions and equipment and will be offered full-time employment with BFI upon the completion of the training programme.

The BFI project will also present opportunities for local contractors and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through the provision of support services in the area of construction, maintenance, transport, logistics, catering and accommodation. – Analisa Amu

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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