Brunei Oxygen Company Sdn Bhd (Brunox) launched Brunei Darussalam's first Air Separation Unit Plant in Brunei Darussalam on 2nd August 2018 at the Kuala Belait Industrial Complex. Brunox has been formed as a joint venture between Air Liquide and QAF Brunei since 1983. Established in 1962, Brunox is a leading supplier of industrial gases to various sectors including factories, laboratories, hospitals, as well as the oil and gas and agri-food industries.
Present at the ceremony as the guest of honour was Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry. Also in attendance were Permanent Secretaries from the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry, Yang Mulia Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy); Yang Mulia Haji Zolkiflee bin Haji Abdul Karim; Permanent Secretary (Manpower); and Yang Mulia Pg Haji Mohd Hasnan bin Pg Haji Ali Hassan, Permanent Secretary (Industry); as well as foreign dignitaries and industry leaders.
The event started with opening remarks from Ms Virgine Cavalli, the Southeast Asia Chief Executive of Air Liquide. In her remarks, Ms Cavalli shared the history of the collaboration between QAF Brunei and Air Liquide as well as the origins of the air separation process. She also highlighted the various applications of the gases produced.
Brunox's Air Separation Unit Plant will be producing liquid nitrogen, liquid oxygen and liquid argon, which have been previously imported. Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein stated that "the Air Separation Unit plant has an anticipated production of 40 tonnes of gas per day, which will be valuable to industrial activities across the country".
In terms of the development of locally produced goods and services as well as local employment opportunities, the Minister added that "companies must strive to not only recruit local talent, but also to equip them with skillsets, coaching, and exposure to the experience that would be necessary to grow the company and add economic value by contributing to the development of competent Bruneian workforce". The Minister also shared on the Bruneianisation Directive in the oil and gas sector, which has recently obtained the consent of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Brunei Darussalam. The Directive requires operators in the oil and gas sector to deliver clear actions for at least 5 to 10 percent annual improvement with the ultimate goal of achieving 90% Bruneianisation at all levels and disciplines in the respective operators. The Minister urged the relevant operators to own, lead, and drive the implementation of the Bruneianisation Directive and also mentioned the possibility of the Directive to be extended to the rest of industry beyond the oil and gas sector.
The Minister also highlighted that the opening of Brunox's new Air Separation Unit plant is "a good example of how the local private sector can play a critical role in realising key industrial milestones to bring us closer to Brunei Darussalam's Wawasan 2035 goals."
The Air Separation Unit plant launch was officiated through the ribbon-cutting ceremony and included a mini exhibition tour that displayed the various applications of Brunox's industrial gases.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry delivered his keynote speech at the ceremony. Photo Courtesy of BizBrunei
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry; His Excellency Christian Ramage, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of The Republic of France to Brunei Darussalam; Mr. Albert Lau, Chief Executive Officer of QAF Group; Mr. Ng Boon Hai, Vice-President of Air Liquide Industrial Services; Ms. Virginie Cavalli, Southeast Asia Chief Executive Officer of Air Liquide; Mr. Stephen Supan, General Manager of Brunox; and Andy Lim, Commercial Manager Air Liquide Singapore during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo Courtesy of BizBrunei