BALIKPAPAN, INDONESIA: The Borneo region can benefit from oil and gas downstream cooperation between Sabah and Indonesia, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
Having vast land for agriculture, Shafie said Indonesia needed fertilisers to develop the sector and this fertiliser could be produced from oil and gas sources.
He said this during his visit to Refinery Unit V, Pertamina in Balikpapan, Indonesia, yesterday. Pertamina is an Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas corporation.
Shafie, in a statement, said Pertamina has yet to produce fertilisers from oil and gas.
Sabah meanwhile, has Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park and SAMUR that are capable of producing oil and gas-based fertilisers to meet the needs of the agriculture sector and move towards food security in the region, he added.
He said the region needs to increase cooperation and not operate in-silo in efforts to boost economy and create employment opportunities.
In this context, Shafie reiterated Sabah has the capacity to produce fertilisers while Kalimantan has all the resources needed to make fertilisers.
He said Sabah would look at steps to ensure this cooperation was realised.
In a similar development, Shafie said he would meet with Petronas President Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin to see what needed to be done for the benefit of not only the country, but Sabah.
During his working visit to East Kalimantan, Chief Minister also took the opportunity to visit the Pasar Inpres Kebun Sayur before leaving for North Kalimantan/Tarakan.