RE adoption by O&G companies to slow amid low oil price

November 21, 2020

To sound like a broken record, how do I get into this gig?

Dateline 2020-10-30, Malaysian Reserve:

RENEWABLE energy (RE) projects in Malaysia led by oil and gas (O&G) players are expected to decelerate due to high gearing amid low oil price environment.

AmInvestment Bank Bhd (AmInvest) analyst Alex Goh said Yinson Holdings Bhd is the only party — among local service providers — that has taken the plunge by investing US$30 million (RM124.8 million) for a 95% equity stake in Rising Sun Energy Pte Ltd, which has a 160MW solar farm in Bhadla Solar Park Phase II in Rajasthan, India.

“Nevertheless, we envisage a slow adoption of renewable projects by local O&G providers given that a large segment is currently burdened by high gearing amid a low oil price environment,” Goh said in a report yesterday.


Plans unveiled for Malaysian hydrogen project

November 18, 2020

Dateline 2020-10-28, H2 View:

ENEOS Corporation, SEFC Energy and Sumitomo Corporation have announced a joint plan to establish a hydrogen supply chain using renewable energy in Malaysia.

The three companies have already signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the project, with plans to commence a feasibility study in January 2021.

Announced last week, the hydrogen supply chain under consideration will involve the production of tens of thousands of tonnes of CO2-free hydrogen at a hydroelectric power station in Sarawak, Malaysia.


FGV installs its biggest renewable energy biogas power plant in Pahang

November 17, 2020

Dateline 2020-10-28, Malay Mail:

FGV Holdings Bhd’s (FGV) recently installed a biogas power plant at its Triang palm oil mill in Bera, Pahang, the company’s biggest renewable energy biogas power plant to date.

In a statement today, it said the plant has an installed capacity of 2.4 megawatts (MW).

“FGV’s Triang biogas power plant is successfully commissioned and fully-operational after receiving the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) Completion Date (FiTCD) from the Malaysia Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) on October 20, 2020,” it said.


Solar is the way to go

November 11, 2020

I think the way to go is, better, environmentally friendly battery / super capacitor technology, and overall low env impact PV panels.

Dateline 2020-10-22, The Malaysian Reserve:

IF ALL the roofs in Peninsular Malaysia are fitted with solar panels, the power that is generated could easily satisfy the entire country’s current demand for electricity.

Yet, the decision to instal solar panels still hinges on how costly the initial investment is, despite the long-term benefit of lower monthly electric bill charges.

Despite campaigning that solar power is the best alternative to non-renewable energy (RE) that is mainly derived from fossil fuels, the take-up rate among Malaysians is still rather low.

Perhaps the fact that solar panels can provide potential returns on investment as quickly as five years — and if excess RE could be sold back to Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) — could push more Malaysians to embrace the concept.


Floating solar plant with LCOE of $0.051/kWh comes online in Malaysia

November 10, 2020

Dateline 2020-10-21, PV magazine:

The EPC Contractor SPIC Energy Malaysia Berhad together with the Malaysia Solar Photovoltaic (PV) solutions specialist Solarvest Holdings Berhad has completed construction on a 13MW floating solar power plant in Dengkil, Sepang District, in the Selangor state on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

“The array covers an area of 53 acres on a pit lake and is owned by WD Solar Sdn Bhd, which is part of Malaysian mining company WD Group,” a company spokesperson told pv magazine. The plant features 38,790 JAP72D09 335W solar modules from Chinese manufacturer JA Solar and three SG3400HV-MV-20 central inverters from China-based provider Sungrow. The floating structures were also supplied by the inverter maker.


Petros to launch Malaysia’s first integrated fuelling station in Sarawak – fossil fuels, electric, hydrogen

November 9, 2020

I would say, forget the past, don’t sell anymore fossil fuel cars in Sarawak starting, say after next GE. And subsidize the transition to environmentally friendly transport methods – bullock, solar powered tricycles, convict-powered rickshaws, etc.

Dateline 2020-10-21, Paultan.org:

Sarawak is set to have the first state-of-the-art, integrated fuelling station in the country, which can cater to cars powered by conventional fossil fuels (petrol and diesel), electricity or hydrogen. The plan was first mooted back in May last year and is well and truly underway following a groundbreaking ceremony held at Darul Hana on October 20, The Edge reports.

The station in Darul Hana will be the first and is expected to be completed next year. It is one of six stations planned for the state, all of them parked under state-owned Petroleum Sarawak (Petros). According to Dayak Daily, the second station will also be located in Kuching, namely the Batu Kawah New Township, also known as “MJC.”

As for the four remaining stations, they will be built in Sri Aman, Sibu, Bintulu and Miri. SEDC Energy, a subsidiary of Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), will be responsible for building all six stations in the state.


Sarawak needs law to claim carbon credit, says Abang Johari

November 8, 2020

I gotta get into this racket.

Dateline 2020-10-19, Malay Mail:

Sarawak would have to legislate a law in order to claim for carbon credit, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said at the moment, the state does not have provisions in its law to treat carbon credit as a trading commodity.

“We have to upgrade our law so that we are able to claim carbon credit and then be recognised as a green state,” he said at the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signing ceremony between Craun Research Sdn Bhd and Knowledge Integration Services (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Nitsei Sago Industries Sdn Bhd held at a hotel here today.

Carbon credit is a term for any tradeable certificate or permit that aims to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere while promoting the use of renewable energy.

Abang Johari pointed out that Sarawak is currently on the right track towards producing green technology.


Cover Story: Preparing Tenaga for eventual energy landscape shift

November 7, 2020

Dateline 2020-10-08, The Edge Markets:

THE interview with Tenaga Nasional Bhd CEO Amir Hamzah Azizan last Wednesday was delayed for about an hour as his office had requested for it to be done after the special announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at 2.30pm.

It is understandable that Amir would want to keep abreast of the public policy direction. Operating in a highly regulated business, Tenaga’s strategies will be affected by any change in government policy.

Despite the change in government in February, Amir has been steadfastly implementing the transformation plan of the national utility company.


Malaysia is burning more coal now than it did 20 years ago

October 18, 2020

We didn’t have Netflix 20 years ago, did we? And if we don’t build more power plants under the current energy framework, then we don’t get to watch the League games, init?

Dateline 2020-09-15, The Star:

Sahabat Alam Malaysia refers to Mangai Balasegaram’s recent columns in StarLifestyle about Malaysia’s coal-fired power plants, and wish to express our wholehearted support for her call to stop building more of them (online at bit.ly/star_coal1 and bit.ly/star_coal2).

In the interest of mitigating the climate crisis, we urge the Malaysian government to halt the country’s reliance on coal as a energy source and urgently expedite efforts to reform the energy sector towards renewable energy and away from a dependence on greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels.


B20 biodiesel available throughout Malaysia by next June

October 14, 2020

Dateline 2020-09-10, The Malaysian Reserve:

THE national B20 biodiesel programme for the transportation sector — which was initially postponed at the beginning of the Movement Control Order in March — has recommenced to expedite the uptake of the local consumption of biodiesel.

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (picture) said the programme is expected to see petrol stations in Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia retailing the green fuel beginning Jan 1 and June 15, 2021, respectively.

He said the B20 biodiesel is already available in Sarawak starting Sept 1.