Malaysian utility Sarawak Energy and Petronas on Tuesday (10th Nov) inked a deal to collaborate on green hydrogen commercial production and its value supply chain in Asia.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) covers the possibility of utilising Sarawak’s renewable hydropower in the electrolysis process to produce green hydrogen and in doing this, generate renewable energy certificates in support of the renewable energy market.
Data sharing from this collaboration is expected to provide a measure and insights to the potential of a hydrogen supply chain in Asia.
Commenting on the deal, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said the Sarawak Government was always supportive of hydrogen-related collaborations and research as it firmly believes in the future of hydrogen as a competitive fuel source.
“As you know, we have started with Sarawak Energy and the relevant parties to explore the potential of hydrogen and how to produce hydrogen based on the renewable energy resources available in Sarawak,” he said.
“I am confident hydrogen has a key role in a sustainable energy future although production cost is currently high.”
“Over time and with efficient production technology, there is a possibility that the (hydrogen) production cost will reduce so that it is competitive with other available fuels for the world.”
Sharbini Suhaili, Group CEO of Sarawak Energy, described the collaboration as another significant milestone in line with Sarawak’s aspiration to venture into hydrogen production and utilisation across the various industries.
“Sarawak Energy believes strategic collaborations like this will benefit all of us in many ways including strengthening our research capabilities and broaden our knowledge in hydrogen-related technology and development as we adapt to the inevitable shift to renewables in the global energy landscape,” he said.