Abu Dhabi energy firm seeks annulment after RM46m claim against Sime Darby unit rejected

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KUALA LUMPUR (April 23): Sime Darby Bhd said Emirates International Energy Services (EMAS) has filed an application at the Abu Dhabi Court of Appeal, seeking the annulment of an arbitration tribunal award.

This refers to the rejected arbitration claim by EMAS against Sime Darby Energy Sdn Bhd (SDE) worth 41.05 million UAE dirham (RM46.47 million), which was issued on Dec 23, 2018, along with a supplementary award issued on March 4, 2019.

Sime Darby said in its filing today that "SDE is seeking advice from its external lawyers to contest the said EMAS application".

In January, Sime Darby in a filing said the Dubai International Arbitration Centre had on Dec 23 rejected the claim by the Abu Dhabi-based energy firm against SDE.

"The tribunal rejected all claims by EMAS against SDE under the arbitration proceedings relating to the disputes in connection with the agency agreement executed in September 2006 and its addendum dated Oct 1, 2006," it said.

EMAS was also ordered to pay administrative fees to the tribunal, including arbitration costs, tribunal fees and expenses.

Under the 2006 agreement, EMAS was contracted to identify suitable projects for SDE's participation.

EMAS claimed compensation worth US$20 million from SDE in August 2010 for not accepting several identified projects. SDE refuted the claim the following month.

"As is the case of such agency agreements, SDE is under no obligation to accept EMAS' recommendations," SDE told Bursa Malaysia in February 2011. "Neither is there a time bound requirement to decline their recommendations."

EMAS failed in its suit against SDE at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department twice, in 2011 and 2012. It had claimed US$178.2 million for commissions and "moral compensations".

Appeals by both parties on the matter at the judicial department resulted in the sum claim by EMAS being reduced to 41.05 million dirham, before it was brought over to DAIC in 2015.

At 2.49pm, shares in Sime Darby were unchanged at RM2.35, for a market capitalisation of RM15.98 billion.