HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office as Chairman of Brunei LNG delivering his sabda during the 50th Anniversary celebration. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Brunei LNG has shipped 267 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas, with more than 7,300 cargoes delivered to customers since the pioneering gas company’s establishment in 1969, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince revealed in a sabda.

During a lunch reception marking Brunei LNG’s 50th Anniversary, HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, who is also the Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Chairman of Brunei LNG, commended the company’s various achievements throughout its half-century run.

“It is encouraging that 93 percent of Brunei LNG’s current total workforce comprises of local talents which are highly significant,” he said, adding that the gas company has proved to be instrumental in pushing the country’s economy forward, particularly by investing heavily in the development of human capital.

Guests having a look at the exhibition board during the 50th Anniversary celebration of Brunei LNG at The Empire Brunei. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Chairman highlighted how Brunei LNG facilitates the sustainable transfer of skills and knowledge amongst locals which falls in line with His Majesty the Sultan’s aspirations towards developing local talents in the oil and gas industry through the ‘Bruneianisation Programme’.

“On the commercial side, Brunei LNG has successfully delivered a total of 267 million tonnes of LNG to all its customers, safely and efficiently since the plant began its operations,” he added.

“Today, as it stands 90 percent of the volume produced has been delivered to Japan, which remains as our biggest client,” HRH the Crown Prince said.

HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office as Chairman of Brunei LNG delivering his sabda during the 50th Anniversary celebration. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

He proceeded to note the resilience of the sultanate’s natural gas industry, having evolved and thrived through the ever-changing global and regional economic landscape which holds numerous challenges and risks.

Before concluding his sabda, HRH Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah took the opportunity to thank all those involved in supporting Brunei LNG from its humble beginnings in 1969 and congratulated the company on achieving its golden jubilee.

“As Brunei strives towards the Brunei Vision 2035, I am confident that you will continue to do well in delivering your commitments to your shareholders and the country for more successes in the future”.

MD and CEO of Brunei LNG Patrice Girard delivering his remarks during the 50th Anniversary celebration of Brunei LNG at The Empire Brunei. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

For his part, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Brunei LNG Patrice Girard in his welcoming remarks attributed the company’s longevity from the conjunction of multiple success conditions.

The company has a strong relationship built over the years with Brunei LNG’s three Japanese foundation buyers JERA, Tokyo Gas and Osaka Gas as well as recent relationships with Shell LNG Marketing and Trading, PLL and Koch.

“With the ongoing support of our shareholders and stakeholders, we are confident we will continue to safely deliver LNG to our customers for the next decades and thus continue to the economy and development of the nation,” he said.

Traditional dancers performing during the 50th Anniversary celebration of Brunei LNG at The Empire Brunei. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The golden jubilee event which was held at The Empire Brunei saw the attendance of Brunei LNG shareholders – Brunei government, Shell and Mitsubishi Corporation – as well as its buyers – PETRONAS LNG Limited (PLL) and Koch Supply and Trading Sarl (Koch).

Present to welcome the arrival of His Royal Highness were Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Minister of Finance and Economy II YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah and Minister of Energy YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mat Suny Hj Md Hussein.

Prior to the event, Brunei LNG also held thanksgiving prayers on Sunday at Masjid Zainab in Lumut.

Traditional dancers performing during the 50th Anniversary celebrations of Brunei LNG at The Empire Brunei. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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