Research Cess Fund


Objective of Research Cess Fund is for the purpose of supporting any research and development in the fields of science and technology relating to exploration or exploitation of petroleum or natural resources for the Joint Development Area (JDA). (Regulation 7, Part IV Malaysia Thailand Joint Authority (Payments of Royalty and Other Proceeds from Petroleum Production to the Governments) Regulations 2004.)

Research project should be beneficial to the MTJA, PSC Operators, and both countries, Malaysia and Thailand.

Payment Of Research Cess Fund

In accordance to Production Sharing Contract Article 9.1 and 9.2, Research Cess Fund is contributed by "0.5 % of Cost Oil/Gas and Contractor's portion of Profit Oil/Gas payable to MTJA on monthly basis."

Research Cess Fund monthly payment by the Contractors is being made once production commenced:

Organization Structure

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Project team is a support group consist of MTJA, operators and government representatives.

Research Cess Project Council

MTJA Research Cess Project Council (RPC) was formalized on 20th February 2013 which consist of 10 members.

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Research Cess Project Council - Roles And Responsibility

  • Research Cess Project Council:
    • To study and review research project proposals through independent evaluations.
    • To recommend the most promising project proposals to MTJA Board for final funding decision.
    • To ensure the research project proposal is in line with MTJA research objective.
    • To appoint several research project focal points/coordinators from MTJA and Contractors.
  • Research Project Coordinators:
    • To coordinate the research projects and conduct the preparatory work for the council member to consider.

General Guidelines Of Utilizing The Fund

  • Fund to be utilized for research type of work, fundamental and advance.
  • Research should address problems/issues pertaining JDA operations.
  • Research to be carried out by Third Parties, i.e. University or Joint Industry effort with priority to local content.
  • Research to be managed by MTJA.
  • Research projects selection and expenditures for research projects to be approved by MTJA Board.
  • Eligibility and good track records of researchers
  • General Guidelines Of Utilizing The Fund

    • 1.Title
    • 2.Proposal Objective
    • 3.Project introduction and background
    • 4.Research project objective and strategy
    • 5.Project details:
      • Work scope and methodology
      • Duration and schedule
      • Work scope and methodology
      • Cost estimate and cost comparison
      • Organization structure
      • Performance track record - past experience, financial, Health-Safety-Environment (HSE) record.
      • Reporting
    • 6.Evaluation & Justification
      • Technical evaluation
      • Commercial evaluation
      • Beneficial to JDA & both Malaysia and Thailand
    • 7.Conclusion and Recommendation

    *Proposal should be in English Language and type writing.Please provide your contact details.

    Workflow to Apply For Research Cess Fund

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    Contact Detail

    Research Cess Fund
    Malaysia-Thailand Joint Authority (MTJA)

    Suite No. 6-01, 6th Floor, Menara See Hoy Chan,
    No. 374, Jalan Tun Razak,
    50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Tel. 603-2172 2222
    Fax 603-2172 2223

    Project Co-ordinator:
    Kireth Kaur ( or
    Watcharaporn Phootong (

    Download Research Cess Fund Overview Presentation

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