Dato' Yunus Abd Razak, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to CCOP, has retired as Director General of the Department of Minerals and Geoscience Malaysia (JMG) on the 11 September 2015. He is succeeded by Mr. Mior Sallehhuddin Bin Mior Jadid.
Dato’ Yunus is Chairman of the Malaysian National Committee for International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) and President of the Institute of Geology Malaysia (IGM), and in the past he has served as chairperson of the Steering Committee of the Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programme in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) and Geological Society of Malaysia (GSM). He is also an Honorary Fellow at Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), UKM.
Dr Oystein Berg, Honorary Advisor of CCOP, and former representative of PETRAD to CCOP, received an "Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Engineering' from Petronas University of Technology on Sunday, 25 October 2015. The presentation was done by Prof Chancellor Tan Sri Sidek Hassan, Chairman Board of Directors of Petronas, on behalf of Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, Former Prime Minister of Malaysia who was not able to come to the occasion. The presentation of the 'Honorary Doctorate' was part of the Convocation Ceremony for 1150 graduating students (PhD, MSc and BSc) and witnessed by approximately 3000 people in the Hall.
The 3rd Meeting or UCM3 was conducted in Chiangmai, Thailand on 22-24 September 2015 with 28 participants from the member countries of CCOP. The objectives of UCM3 are to use a geology-based assessment methodology to assess the potential of oil and gas shale resources in the CCOP member countries. The technical sessions looked deeper into the various methodologies used in the assessment and included presentations from member countries, sharing the methodologies and workflow of their own assessments. Invited resource persons where from the British Geological Survey (BGS), KIGAM, Pertamina (Indonesia) and LEMIGAS (Indonesia).
The 3rd Workshop of the CCOP-DMF Project on Petroleum Resources / Reserves Classification and Reporting System was successfully conducted at the Grand Mercure Hotel in Bangkok on 8-10 September 2015. The CCOP - DMF Project is conducting a series of capacity building workshops related to petroleum resources and reserves classification system and reporting. The workshops are participated by representatives from the Government oil and gas upstream regulators, national oil/gas companies, research organizations, academia, and serves as a forum for CCOP member countries to share their experiences and best practices in the overall oil and gas resource management system - the workflow, data analysis, capacities developed, planning and reporting system used. The activities also leveraged on the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources (UNFC 2009) and availability of the Expert Group on Resource Classification (EGRC) where the CCOP Technical Secretariat, Thailand, China, Vietnam and some of the member countries are actively participating. Topics on the use of UNFC 2009 for Injection Projects such as CO2 geological storage were also presented and discussed in the workshops.
The Kick-off Meeting of the Japanese-funded CCOP Geoinformation Sharing Infrastructure for East and Southeast Asia (GSi) Project was held on 1-2 September 2015 at Holiday Inn Hotel Silom, Bangkok, Thailand. Twenty-three (23) participants from the member countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) including the staff of the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOP TS) attended the meeting.
The CCOP Action Planning was organized on 19-20 August 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand with attendance by Chairman of CCOP Steering Committee, Chairman of Advisory Group, members of the Working Committee and representatives of 11 member countries. The meeting aimed to come up with practical action plans that are based on SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Realistic and Time-based).