Local trading and retail company Petrofes have signed an agreement to produce fire retardant personal protective equipment (PPE) made by Bruneians for Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP).
The PPE produced includes coveralls, tudongs (headscarves) and balaclavas for BSP use and is targeted to increase the local value chain by supplying goods produced by Bruneians.
Petrofes also has the potential opportunity to supply the locally produce PPE to other operators in the oil and gas industry in the future, said BSP in a press statement yesterday to mark the new agreement.
BSP’s In-Country Value Manager Hjh Rosita Hj Hassan said the agreement was part of the company’s wider commitment to develop local companies and create employment opportunities for Bruneians.
“The Brunei Shell Joint Venture companies and their business partners are the biggest private sector group in the oil and gas industry in the country. The demand for PPE like coveralls is potentially high in this sector”, she said.
“I have asked a few major business partners, if they are willing to buy locally made coveralls, and so far, we have received a very encouraging response.
“What is important to these companies are that the products meet the required quality standards and are competitively priced,” she added.
Meanwhile the Managing Director of Petrofes Effendi Hj Said said that they are hoping to train more Bruneians to be able to produce PPE.
“As a new player in the industry, we are excited to become one of the robust local companies that help stimulate economic growth in the country through employing local to manufacture our coveralls, tudongs, and balaclavas,” he said.
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BSP held a signing ceremony with Petrofes Sdn Bhd today. Petrofes will be supplying BSP with ‘Made By Bruneians’ Fire-Retardant Protective Personal Equipment (PPE). In her welcoming remarks, BSP’s In-Country Value Manager Hjh Rosita Hj Hassan said that this collaboration with Petrofes is part of BSP’s commitment to People and Country that supports the growth of local companies. Through this partnership, there is a high potential for Petrofes to expand their clientele in the future. Petrofes will produce and supply PPE, tudongs and balaclavas to BSP.