May 12, 2022

Abg Jo to deliver keynote at Global Hydrogen Summit

Abang Johari will share on “Accelerating the Global Hydrogen Economy: The Sarawakian Way”. — Photo by Peneragan

KUCHING (May 6): Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg will deliver a keynote speech at the 2022 Global Hydrogen Summit and Expo hosted by the city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from May 9-11.

The Sarawak Prime Minister will join some 3,500 government and industry leaders from around the world to explore and learn about the latest hydrogen technologies, applications and solutions that are set to revolutionize the industry.

The delegation will then travel to Oslo, Norway to get an idea of ​​the operationalization of Norwegian sovereign wealth funds, which Abang Johari says will be a model for a similar fund to be established by the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government. in order to bring more returns to the excess funds that Sarawak may accumulate in the future.

According to a statement, Abang Johari’s delegation will depart for Rotterdam tomorrow (Saturday) and are expected to arrive there at 7:45 p.m. local time.

Malaysian Ambassador to the Netherlands Dato Nadzirah Osman will be on hand to greet the entourage upon arrival at the airport in the port city.

In a 20-minute slot on Monday at the start of the summit, the Prime Minister’s speech as second speaker will be themed “Accelerating the Global Hydrogen Economy: The Sarawakian Way”, primarily to highlight Sarawak as a rising tiger in the field of renewable energies, and that it is “ready for hydrogen”.

Sarawak is a pioneer in exploring the hydrogen economy, which has seen the establishment of its first hydrogen production facility in Kuching and trials of hydrogen buses on the streets of the capital.

Sarawak is currently negotiating with Korean and Japanese companies willing to invest in setting up production facilities in Bintulu to manufacture green hydrogen with the prospect of takeover by the respective country.

The Prime Minister also indicated that Kuching’s Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART), due for completion in 2025, will also be powered by hydrogen fuel cells as part of Sarawak’s comprehensive program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse in accordance with United Nations protocols 2021 United Nations Climate Change Summit in Glasgow.

Later on Monday afternoon, Abang Johari and members of his delegation are due to visit Shell’s office in The Hague where he will be briefed by, among others, senior Shell executives on Shell’s future in Sarawak. .

On Tuesday morning, the Prime Minister’s delegation is due to meet the Managing Director of the Port of Rotterdam and later in the afternoon the group will take part in a study visit to the Shell Technology Center in Amsterdam, which showcases the technology of the multinational’s hydrogen and various other novelties.

The delegation will fly to Oslo on Wednesday.

Accompanying the Prime Minister are Sarawak Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Secretary of State Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Sustainability Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, Secretary of State for Finance Dato Sri Dr Wan Lizozman Wan Omar, Director of Economic Planning Unit Datu Dr Muhammad Abdullah Zaidel, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Hussain, Chairman of Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), Datuk Amar Hamed Sepawi, Chairman of Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), and Datu Sharbini Suhaili, Managing Director of SEB.