Bacho Pilong


Senior Vice President, Project Delivery & Technology

Bacho Pilong was appointed Senior Vice President of Project Delivery and Technology in August 2021, having held several senior positions within the organisation. He has served as Vice President of Malaysia Assets, Vice President of International Assets, and Head of Production and Operations Management, a unit under Malaysia Petroleum Management – the exploration and production regulatory arm of Malaysia that functions under the PETRONAS Group. He joined PETRONAS in 1992 as a process engineer and has served the Group through numerous technical and leadership positions, including international assignments in Vietnam, Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan. Bacho was born and raised in the idyllic island of Sebatik near Tawau, in the Bornean state of Sabah. His early education began in Wallace Bay primary school and was awarded a PETRONAS scholarship to pursue a bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, USA in 1987. He had attended a Senior Management Development Program at INSEAD, Singapore, and the Advance Management Program at Wharton, University of Pennsylvania, USA in 2008 and 2013 respectively. Bacho currently sits on the board of PETRONAS companies including PETRONAS Technical Services Sdn. Bhd. and Institute of Technology PETRONAS Sdn. Bhd.

Sessions With Bacho Pilong

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 11:40am - 12:30pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 05:40 pm - 08/mar/2022 06:30 pm

    The Oil & Gas Field Reimagined: The impact of technology

    Panel Upstream Oil & Gas

    The energy transition places expectations on oil companies to evolve rapidly, given competing and aligned demands to reduce emissions, enhance production, and find uses for exhausted fields. These forces prompt companies to reimagine portfolios as future assets. What contributions might technology and innovation make toward such advances? The broadening energy value chain leaves little room for isolated oil & gas assets, which must now be considered part of an energy ecosystem including hydrogen; carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS); and LNG. What are the integration and optimization pathways, and where can technology contribute? The future requires more integrated, transparent supply chains driving optimization. What part will technology play in a dynamic and agile supply chain? While upstream has been effective at re-tasking staff to meet new challenges, with technology rapidly evolving and disruptive competition emerging, new skill sets are needed to deliver the reimagined upstream. Will technology collaboration become increasingly important and what does this mean for competitive differentiation?