Gas players want more clarity on policies

Dateline 2018-10-03, The Edge:

A clearer policy by the new Pakatan Harapan government on the country’s energy mix and market pricing for the gas industry is needed, said players in the gas supply chain.

Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) president Hazli Sham Kassim said while there are existing policies in place, more clarity is needed to encourage more investments into the industry.

“We hope to see a clearer policy stance on the energy mix, which will make it easier for our members to plan their investments. For example, there are still international companies reluctant to invest in the gas industry in the peninsula because they are not sure of the market conditions,” Hazli told a media briefing yesterday.

He said this is especially the case as usage of coal increases, potentially reducing gas usage.

“As far as the gas industry in Malaysia is concerned, it is under pressure because of coal production which is expected to increase, [and] of which gas usage is also expected to decline.”

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