The partnership will enable greater access to cleaner energy sources for the economic growth of Sarawak
by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic TMR FILE
PETROLIAM Nasional Bhd (Petronas) and SEDC Energy Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Sarawak Economic Development Corp, have entered into two arrangements to accelerate the development and adoption of hydrogen and renewable oil as alternative fuels.
They are the supply arrangement on hydrogen production technology and a joint technology collaboration arrangement on renewable oil.
The arrangements also cover the supply and operation of Petronas’ proprietary proton exchange membrane electrolyser for the production of green hydrogen.
Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said this collaboration between two local companies is a testament for stronger homegrown technology cultivation.
The green energy would be delivered to the Darul Hana and Batu Kawa refuelling stations.
Meanwhile, Petronas president and group CEO Datuk Tengku Muhammad Taufik Tengku Aziz (picture) said the partnership with SEDC Energy is a strong testimony to the shared vision of both parties to unlock the possibilities of what renewables can offer.
“We remain committed to collaborating and supporting the Sarawak government as its strategic energy partner, leveraging on our technological capabilities,” he said in a statement today.
He believed that such partnership will enable greater access to cleaner energy sources for the economic growth of Sarawak specifically, as well as the nation at large.
Both parties will work together to develop local expertise in manufacturing Petronas’ electrolyser technology and integrating it into the state’s current plant systems.
This is in line with Petronas’ ambition to design and develop a “Hydrogen City” in Sarawak.
Through the collaboration arrangement on renewable oil, Petronas Research Sdn Bhd and SEDC Energy will explore the development of an initial commercial plant for microalgae cultivation and harvesting, as well as extraction of crude algae oil.
Subject to commercial attractiveness, the parties may look into establishing a large-scale commercial plant at a later stage.
This also includes access to commercially produce crude algae oil, particularly on growing and developing algae strains with high growth rate, high oil content and low production cost.