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A practicing Professional Engineer and DOSH qualified 1st Grade Steam Engineer, Ir Mahmood Azmy holds the position of CEO at MECIP Global Engineers Sdn Bhd, and is an active member of IEM, MOGEC and MOGSC, and serves as a board member of SEAMOG Group Sdn Bhd.


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Ir Mahmood Azmy Muhd Shukri, MECIP CEO


  1. What has been your greatest achievement so far in MECIP?
    I have been with MECIP for a while now. The greatest achievement for MECIP is that we are able to establish ourselves strongly as equivalent to other international players in oil and gas business. Being local and positioned in Kerteh, Terengganu, it is quite difficult to be visible. But we manage to step out of our boundaries in becoming more prominent in the oil and gas community. It is an achievement for us in terms of the company’s branding, which helps us in marketing, gaining trust and becoming business partners of PETRONAS, Shell, other reputable oil and gas companies, as well as working closely with MATRADE to market our services overseas. This is in line with our company name – MECIP Global, where we want to position ourselves globally as an oil and gas engineering services provider.

  2. I understand that you previously worked in PETRONAS. And now as CEO of MECIP, do you think that the business connections you made back then has helped you in your business?
    I worked with PETRONAS for more than 12 years in oil refinery and petrochemical plant, and another 10 years in a US-based company, HUNTSMAN which gave me very good technical background in oil, gas, and petrochemical business. Being in PETRONAS for many years, coupled with international exposure with HUNTSMAN, I made quite a number of connections which enriched my technical and management experience. I started my career as a project engineer in Kerteh Refinery Reformer Project, then subsequently lead maintenance team in Kerteh Refinery and the Inspection team in Kerteh Ethylene Polyethylene plant. I made my career move outside of PETRONAS to lead Engineering team in HUNTSMAN to gain further knowledge, experience and exposure working with an international company. In managing projects, maintenance, inspection and engineering work, many technical matters were covered, and I had the opportunity to work with specialists and experts in various subject matters. It was expected of me to ensure all activities managed must be well planned, conducted in high safety standards, with great attention to detail, with target of zero defect and according to schedule. I was able understand the technical part of the business and management of engineering work much better through these experiences and business connections locally and overseas. All these experiences, knowledge, contact and business relationships, are very important for me and MECIP to deliver quality engineering service to our clients.

  3.  Are there challenges you faced over the years that you have overcome? How did you do so?
    Working in oil and gas means you may face multiple challenges over the years. One of the challenges we faced is related to people. We must hire good, competent, talented and well-committed people. Because they will become our assets. Getting the right people is a real challenge. For example, when you’re building a house, the foundation must be strong. Even if the house looks beautiful on the outside, if it doesn’t have a good foundation, it will crumble when a storm comes. That’s why it’s important to get the right people, with the right attitude and mindset. We’re looking for people who want to grow with the company. I would like to groom or nurture them to be like me! I want to develop them into becoming future leaders of our business. But sometimes it’s difficult to retain good talent, as they might resign as soon as there’s a better position somewhere else, and then we have to start the hiring process all over again. That’s why we introduced a loyalty programme for our staff. Those who stay for more than 5 years in our company, we reward them with vacation trips, and the longer they stay, the better the rewards. On top of this, we also have annual dinners to encourage a community-feel in our company. We do these little things because we want our people to be happy, enjoy working and stay loyal with MECIP.

  4. Has there been a new development in MECIP, perhaps a new way of doing things or a new technology, that has recently helped a project?
    Technology has been developing so rapidly worldwide, and we have to adjust ourselves. In terms of engineering software, it has changed the way we do things. In design work, we have evolved from using manual tools to computer software and programmes. It is an expensive investment, but we must do it in order to adapt and grow our business. We are always looking for ways to improve our work processes and efficiency. With technology, it will really help us to improve our work performance to serve our client better and this is in line with our passion to serve - “Do it right the first time, every time.”

  5.  As I understand it, it is MECIP’s vision to provide local solutions with global expertise. Do you believe that the local talents are at par with overseas counterparts? 
    Overseas talents are more exposed to the global market and they might have more expertise and experience compared to Malaysian talents. Our local talents, normally having minimal overseas experience, will have limited opportunities to work overseas as they might not be familiar with the countries’ code and standards. I do believe that we have to expose ourselves more to overseas market, learn new standards and explore better ways of doing things. In terms of the local market opportunities, especially for various big local projects here in Malaysia, I do believe the local workforce are capable and competent enough to take bigger roles and responsibilities. In fact, I think we can even speed up to build our local strength if there is a policy that requires foreign players to work under local companies for mega projects in Malaysia. I strongly urge government policy to address this matter accordingly to ensure better development and growth of Malaysian local companies. “Malaysia Boleh” slogan should continue to roar.

  6. What can students or fresh graduates do to prepare themselves for a career in the oil and gas industry? 
    In general, this message is not just for students but also to young fresh graduates who are embarking their careers in oil and gas - you must prepare yourselves mentally in terms of technical know-how and communication. You must apply good analytical thinking and ask questions to enhance understanding. If you don’t ask, how will you learn? You may think it’s alright to just let things go and leave it up to your bosses to correct your work. This is not the right thinking process. You need to put in extra efforts to learn, even after office hours or during your free time on weekends. The learning curve for young graduates must be exponential and they must strive to be good in their respective technical knowledge, especially if they are engineers. If you come across something that you want to delve deeper at work, keep that as ‘homework’. Keep an inventory of things you want to learn in your pocket. I call this the ‘pocket list’. So, you will always occupy yourself with learning. Be proactive in whatever tasks and initiatives given to you. For engineers, I would encourage you to get additional certifications because a degree on its own may not be enough. Work hard towards becoming a Professional Engineer as the career objective. Join professional societies and become a member of Institute of Engineer Malaysia (IEM), Institute of Materials, Malaysia (IMM), etc. These will help you gain good connections and learn about new technologies in the industry.

  7. Having worked with various business partners all over the world, was there something from overseas that impressed you, that you have successfully adapted at MECIP?
    Working with a Japanese company like Chiyoda Corporation, was a very good experience. Being in Japan, you get to observe how Japanese people manage their time. They are very focused and the quality of work produced is extremely good. They are also very detail-oriented, even their handwriting is very neat. I enjoyed very much working with the Japanese and try to adopt similar mindset at MECIP – being result-oriented, attention to detail, work hard, and take things seriously. Sometimes you might have to stay back and work, but that’s what you have to do in order to achieve results. We will not allow substandard work to be produced. We also established a good quality culture in our office - we developed an engineering design process called interdisciplinary checks (IDC) where there are multiple checks to ensure our engineers produce quality work. And this is part of the ISO 9000 quality management system, which is basically derived from the Japanese culture. Our company is an ISO 9001-certified company, and we believe in delivering a good quality job, in a safe and timely manner. We also believe in continuous improvement or “Kaizen” – engineers must develop themselves in order to become senior engineers and so on. You can’t stay in one position forever. Punctuality is also one of the things I try to emphasize. The Japanese are very punctual with their timing. Most importantly, I value honesty at work. Japanese people are very transparent with their work – if they made a mistake, they will own up to it. For locals, saying sorry might be more difficult. But it’s important to keep that integrity.

  8. What is the company culture of MECIP?
    As I mentioned, we like to encourage continuous improvement in our company. We also encourage our engineers to practice their communications skills. For example, we have “English Day” in the office where staff will practice their presentation skills in English. Some might have broken English, but the important thing is they try and keep on improving themselves. We give awards to the “Best Speakers” in our annual dinners. We also like to reward those who give internal training and share their knowledge with others. Usually the juniors will nominate their seniors who they think are the best “coach” or “teacher”. We actually have a few excellent engineers who like to share their technical knowledge. In general, we want to improve through excellence in knowledge and we encourage everyone to learn from each other. We want our engineers to be passionate about their own expertise and share this passion with others.

  9. What is next in the pipeline for MECIP?
    We are planning to secure some overseas projects. We have been to Brunei, Jakarta, Aberdeen, Houston. We’ll be going to Abu Dhabi in Middle East in mid-November. We have our partners in Abu Dhabi and the next step is to secure overseas jobs that can be done locally in Malaysia. In recent years, we have established a good partnership with a Norwegian company, Sharecat, and have formed a Malaysian joint-venture (JV) company with them to provides oil and gas services to the European market. In our plan, Norway will be like a big “storage tank”, and they will pipe down the work to us in Malaysia to execute. Due to the economic downturn, the market is a little slow. But we hope business will pick up soon once the market recovers. We are looking for more channels like these so we can hire more local engineers and nurture them to become future leaders. Our goal is to encourage more participation and involvement of our local engineers to serve the global market through MECIP. MECIP also seriously plans to expand and venture into new horizons through SEAMOG, a new company that was formed to do EPCC packages and major plant Turnaround. We believe in consolidation and having equal shares with other three strong companies in SEAMOG will make us grow bigger and faster. We want to transform MECIP for a better future.

  10. Finally, name things that are important to you – in life or in your career.
    Always have in mind, to do the right thing. Be thankful and grateful. Be honest, trust and grow people. Don’t get easily frustrated when things don’t go your way. When you do something, there should be no turning back. You must have a goal and know which direction you are heading. Have good and sincere intentions because it will most definitely be rewarded in the end.


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Headline crude prices for the week beginning 2 December 2019 – Brent: US$61/b; WTI: US$55/b

  • As the posturing begins ahead of the OPEC meeting in Vienna, crude oil prices mounted gains as several OPEC members signalled that the club was prepared to deepen cuts to the existing supply deal
  • Data showing that the Chinese manufacturing sector growth jumped unexpectedly in November, although the see-saw messages regarding a potential US-China trade deal continue to cloud the market… especially given recent US legislation to sanction China for its policies in Hong Kong and against its own Uighur community
  • The discussion in Vienna by the OPEC nations and the wider OPEC+ club revolved around adherence and implementation of the current supply deal, focusing on cajoling errant members – ie. Russia – into meeting their quotas, in exchange for a deeper cut to prop up prices
  • This resulted in a decision to cut output by a further 500,000 b/d in Q1 2020 – formalising the supply reductions already in place and subject to all members of OPEC+ implementing all of their pledged curbs; further details on the new plan are expected to be released
  • OPEC’s outlook on the crude market in 2020 has changed slightly, as it expects that the US shale revolution will slow down considerably in the next two years; however, it also warns of additional output coming from non-OPEC members, including Norway and Brazil, the latter being a possible new OPEC member
  • Meanwhile, in the US, the chronic decline in the active rig count continues, with the Baker Hughes index falling by a net 1 last week – the loss of 3 gas rigs offset by the gain of two gas rigs – the 13th decrease in the past 15 weeks, with the active count down 274 y-o-y
  • The decision spinning out of OPEC’s Vienna meeting is broadly positive – not a great shot in the arm, but not detrimental to the current market; as such we see crude prices trading in their current range of US$62-64/b for Brent and US$57-60/b for WTI


Headlines of the week

Upstream

  • Norway’s Equinor has announced that it will scale back exploration activities in frontier areas in the Barents Sea, shedding risk to focus on drilling near existing discoveries such as Johan Castberg and Wisting, and therefore decreasing the chance of discovering a new Arctic oil region
  • Cairn Energy will be exiting Norway as it sells its entire stake in Capricorn Norge AS to Solveig Gas Norway AS for US$100 million
  • Libya’s El Feel – a key field operated by Eni and Libya’s National Oil Corp near the giant Sharara field – has restarted production at 74,000 b/d after clashing between rival fighting factions forced it to shut down
  • Woodside’s development plan for Phase 1 of the offshore Sangomar field in Senegal – targeting production of 100,000 b/d via FPSO – has been submitted to the Senegalese government, paving the way for FID
  • Spurred on by success, ExxonMobil is adding a fifth drillship in Guyana as it probes a new ultra-deepwater prospect just north of the Stabroek block
  • Equatorial Guinea’s latest licensing round was a boon to Lukoil, which walked away with the prime EG-27 block containing the Fortuna gas discovery, while US player Vaalco Energy won 4 blocks in the onshore Rio Muni basin

Midstream/Downstream

  • Pertamina has purchased US crude for the first time in a long while, inking a shipment for 950,000 barrels of US WTI crude with Total to be delivered over 1H 2020 to the Cilacap refinery, pivoting away from Middle East grades
  • Trafigura is looking to sell off its fuel station network in Australia – operated through its retail arm Puma Energy – as continued losses in the space since it entered the market in 2013 for US$850 million pile up
  • Construction on BASF’s giant US$10 billion integrated petrochemicals project in Zhanjiang, Guangdong has begun, with the first phase to be launched in 2022 as the first wholly foreign-owned chemicals complex in China
  • Equatorial Guinea has announced plans to build two new oil refineries – each with a processing capacity of 30-40,000 b/d using local Zafiro crude – along with other projects including a methanol-to-gasoline plant and LNG expansion
  • Bosnia’s sole refinery – the 25,000 b/d Brod site – should be operational by mid-2020, following a major overhaul that began in January 2019

Natural Gas/LNG

  • Algerian piped natural gas exports to Europe have been squeezed out by boosted supply of LNG from Australia and the US, as well as piped gas from Russia, which has forced Sonatrach to turn more of its gas into LNG sold by spot
  • Gunvor has agreed to market LNG from the Commonwealth LNG project in Louisiana internationally, as well as double its own purchases from the project to as much as 3 million tpa once the project begins operations in 2024
  • Norway’s BW Offshore insist that its Kudu natural gas project in Namibia is ‘alive and well’, with talks ongoing with the government two years after the FPSO specialist acquired a 56% stake in the license from NAMCOR
  • ExxonMobil is reportedly looking to sell its 50% stake in the Neptun Deep gas project in the Black Sea offshore Romania – the location of its major Domino discovery – for some US$250 million as it continues on a major asset sale
  • Petronas is sending its second FLNG unit – the PFLNG Dua – to the Rotan gas field in Sabah, beginning liquefaction operations there by February
December, 06 2019
Global Small-Scale LNG Market to Reach 48.3 Million Tons per Annum by 2022 : Energy cost advantage & Environmental Benefits are Major Drivers

The Global Small-Scale LNG Market is projected to grow from 30.8 MTPA in 2016 to 48.3 MTPA by 2022, at a CAGR of 6.7% between 2017 and 2022. The small-scale LNG market across the globe is driven by their increasing LNG demand from remote locations by applications, such as industrial & power, and the ability to transport LNG over long distances without the need for heavy investment such as pipelines. By terminal type, regasification terminal is expected to grow at a highest CAGR between 2017 and 2022. The increasing demand for LNG from the remote locations and global commoditization of LNG are some of the major factors that are driving the demand for small-scale LNG in this segment.

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The Linde Group (Germany), Wärtsilä (Finland), Honeywell International Inc. (U.S.), General Electric (U.S.), and Engie (France), among others are the leading companies operating in the small-scale LNG market. These companies are expected to account for significant shares of the small-scale LNG market in the near future.  

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Growth Drivers are : 

  • Energy cost advantage of LNG over alternate energy sources for end users
  • Environmental benefits
  • Fiscal regime and subsidies

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Energy cost advantage of LNG over alternate energy sources for end-users

Heavy duty transport companies save approximately 30% on fuel costs on LNG-fueled trucks, compared to diesel fueled trucks, and produce 30% lower emissions. Air pollution from diesel engines is one of the biggest concerns, especially in areas that struggle to meet air-quality standards. On the other hand, natural gas causes complete combustion and fewer emissions than diesel. It is estimated that increasing environmental concerns from the utilization of diesel vehicles is likely to increase the adoption of green fuel technologies such as natural gas. In the case of electric power generation, natural gas engines below 150 KW are more cost effective than oil fueled engines. Fuel cost is one of the major cost for road transportation, which is strongly subject to excise taxation. Typically, an LNG-fueled Volvo FM truck can travel up to 600 km with LNG. With an additional 150 litres of diesel, it can travel up to 1,000 km without refuelling. Thus, reducing the cost of travel. With additional LNG liquefaction capacity expected to come online in the next few years, an oversupply of LNG is expected, which will drive the price of LNG further lower. Considering all these factors, both developed and developing countries are undertaking feasibility studies to recognize the techno-economics of shifting their economies from diesel to natural gas. Therefore, the cheap price of small-scla LNG over others alterantive fuels will drive the growth during the forecast period. 

Small-scale LNG terminals are regarded as facilities, including liquefaction and regasification terminals, with a capacity of less than 1 million tons per annum (MTPA) within the scope of this study. It includes the LNG produced from small-scale liquefaction terminals and regasified at small-scale regasification terminals for catering to applications such as LNG-fueled heavy-duty transport, LNG-fueled ships, and industrial & power generation. 

North America small-scale LNG market is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

The North America small-scale LNG market is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. In North America, most of the small-scale LNG demand in industrial & power applications is met through peak shaving facilities. The peak shaving facilities are used to meet adequate supply of LNG to address the peak demand. In 2015, there were more than 100 peak shaving facilities in the U.S., among which one-half of the peak shaving facilities were located in the Northeast, while a quarter of them were located in the Midwest. Currently, the U.S. has among the highest number of peak shaving plants. However, less than 10% of them are available for any other use due to the current electricity demand. The commissioning of small-scale liquefaction plants can expand the peak shaving capacities in the region.

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Major Market Developments: 

  • In December 2016, SkanGas AS signed an agreement with Statoil ASA, an oil and gas company in Norway for the reloading of small-scale LNG at Klaipeda LNG Terminal in Lithuania
  • In November 2016, Wärtsilä signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ENGIE, a French multinational company to develop services and solutions in the small-scale LNG sector. The agreement includes LNG distribution in remote areas and islands, LNG for ships, small-scale LNG and bio-liquefaction, and LNG to power stations
  • In October 2016, GAZPROM announced to develop a program for a small-scale LNG production, which includes a list of gas distribution stations and liquefaction technologies for LNG production. The program involves the construction of mobile LNG filling stations and cryogenic filling facilities.
  • In June 2014, The Linde Group developed a small-scale LNG technology namely StarLNG™ for the integration into natural gas liquids (NGL) plants. Some of the benefits of this technology includes zero impact on the reliability of the NGL plant production and monetizing the stream of the residue gas through small-scale LNG.

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December, 05 2019
Cryogenic Tanks Market - Global Forecast to 2024

The report "Cryogenic Tanks Market by Raw Material (Steel, Nickel Alloy), Cryogenic Liquid (Liquid Nitrogen, LNG), Application (Storage, Transportation), End-use Industry (Metal Processing, Energy Generation, Electronics), and Region - Global Forecast to 2024" The global cryogenic tanks market size is projected to grow from USD 6.2 billion in 2019 and expected to reach USD 8.1 billion by 2024, at a CAGR of 5.5%.

Browse 121 market data Tables and 36 Figures spread through 147 Pages and in-depth TOC on "Cryogenic Tanks Market by Raw Material (Steel, Nickel Alloy), Cryogenic Liquid (Liquid Nitrogen, LNG), Application (Storage, Transportation), End-use Industry (Metal Processing, Energy Generation, Electronics), and Region - Global Forecast to 2024"
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The global industry for cryogenic tanks is driven primarily by the increasing demand for LNG. An increase in infrastructure spending, space applications for cryogenic technologies, and cryogenic energy storage systems represent promising growth opportunities for the market. Improving healthcare services in the developing economies is boosting the cryogenic tanks market.

The steel segment is estimated to lead the cryogenic tanks market, by raw material, during the forecast period.

Steel is primarily used in the manufacturing of cryogenic tanks. Most of the materials are ductile at room temperature and abruptly lose their ductility when a given threshold is exceeded. They then become brittle even at relatively low temperatures. The austenitic stainless steel is majorly used for working in the low-temperature range. Carbon and alloy grade steels used for low-temperature service are required to provide high strength, ductility, and toughness in vehicles, vessels, and structures that must be used at –49°F and lower. These factors are contributing to the growth in demand for steel for the manufacturing of cryogenic tanks.

Liquid Nitrogen is the fastest-growing cryogenic liquid segment of the cryogenic tanks market.

Liquid nitrogen is primarily used in metal processing, food & beverage, electronics, and healthcare industries. The steel manufacturing industry is one of the major consumers of nitrogen. Nitrogen is used in the food & beverage industry for food preservation and packaging applications. The use of liquid nitrogen in this industry enables cost savings during storage and transportation and improves food quality. Liquid nitrogen is used to cool normally soft or heat-sensitive materials, such as plastics, tires, and certain metals. The increasing demand for liquid nitrogen from metal processing, food, and medical industries is expected to drive the market in this segment.

Metal processing is expected to lead the end-use industry segment for cryogenic tanks market during the forecast period.

Metal-processing industry was the largest end-use industry for the cryogenic tanks industry. Cryogenic tanks are increasingly being used in the metal processing industry, especially steel the industry. Huge quantities of nitrogen and other industrial gases are used during the steel manufacturing process. Nitrogen is also known to be largest consumed gas in the industry. It is used as a high-pressure gas for laser cutting of steel and metal. The inert properties of nitrogen facilitates its use as a blanketing gas. Some gases, including hydrogen and oxygen, are also used in the metal processing industry.   Cryogenic tanks are commonly used in the storage and transportation of these gases in manufacturing plants, which drives the market demand.

High economic growth rate and growing metal processing and energy generation industries in China, Australia, and India are projected to lead the cryogenic tanks market in APAC during the forecast period.

APAC is the fastest-growing market, in terms of both production and demand. Higher domestic demand, easy availability of raw materials, and low-cost labor make APAC the most preferred destination for the manufacturers of cryogenic tanks. The cryogenic tanks market in India, China, and Australia is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period. The market is primarily driven by the demand from the energy & power sector. APAC is emerging as a leading consumer of cryogenic tanks, owing to the increasing demand from domestic as well as international markets.

The key players in cryogenic tanks market are Chart Industries (US), Cryofab (US), INOX India (India), Linde PLC (UK), Air Products (US), Cryolor (France), Air Water (Japan), Wessington Cryogenics (UK), FIBA Technologies (US), and ISISAN (Turkey). These players have established a strong foothold in the market by adopting strategies, such as expansion, new product launch, and merger & acquisition.

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