Malaysia’s Petronas sees CCS cost as challenge

March 4, 2022

Dateline 2021-12-21, Argus Media:

Malaysian state-owned Petronas’ goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050mirrors that of its home country and includes hydrogen as a crucial step.

The firm will focus on blue over green hydrogen at first, targeting exports to existing LNG customers in Japan and South Korea. But the cost of CCS is challenging for domestic projects. “If you look at [the] Middle East or Australia, their carbon capture is all onshore, so the cost of doing it is much cheaper theoretically. But because ours is all offshore… you get into all the complexities of operating offshore,” Petronas’ hydrogen business head, Adlan Ahmad, says.

‘Biomass to energy’ can help Malaysia meet green energy goals, says MIGHT

September 25, 2021

Dateline 2021-09-01, The Edge:

Malaysia’s new energy transition agenda through “biomass to energy” (BTE) is expected to be of help in the country’s supply of green energy for future use, according to the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT). 

Not impossible to achieve net zero emissions

September 19, 2021

Dateline 2021-08-18, NST:

Malaysia has an urgent role in fighting climate change as we hold a large amount of fossil fuel resources.

According to Malaysia’s third biennial update report (BUR3) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, we are committed to reducing greenhouse gases emissions intensity per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by 45 per cent from the level in 2005, unconditionally.

Call for Malaysia to liberalise solar power industry

July 27, 2021

Dateline XXX, The Star:

THE atmosphere in Malaysia’s once-boring solar power industry has completely changed in recent years.

Between 2014 and 2019, solar is the only renewable energy (RE) source that has grown by a whopping 432% in installed capacity.

The soaring appetite for solar power was thanks to conducive government policies such as tax incentives, apart from cheaper photovoltaic systems, that encouraged solar energy adoption across the commercial and residential sectors.

The growth is further strengthened by the entry of non-power producers into the industry and the growing need for companies to boost their environmental, social and governance (ESG) profiles.

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.

Malaysia needs RM33bil investment to hit renewable energy target

November 9, 2019

translation: 1MDB scandal, among its other shortcomings, is promoting global warming.

Dateline 2019-09-13, NST:

Malaysia needs investments totalling RM33 billion in order to achieve its target of 20 per cent electricity generation from renewable energy (RE) sources by 2025, said Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin.

She said the investments would be contributed by the government, public-private partnerships and private financing.

“The Securities Commission has already done a six-month study on green financing; it had formed the financing taskforce (for this purpose). It gave a report on 21 action items to facilitate the RM33 billion investment in RE and the government will look at all the action items and implement them accordingly,” she told reporters after officiating the inaugural 5-In-1 Power and Energy Asia Series exhibition here today.

Putrajaya researching plastic trash-for-fuel tech

September 6, 2019

Dateline 2019-07-27, Open Gov:

The Housing and Local Government Ministry is looking to tap the mountains of plastic trash in the country as an alternative fuel and source for producing cement, it was recently reported.

The minister stated that the technology known as processed engineered fuel (PEF) could help the government cut down the illegal plastic garbage pile nationwide, adding that, currently, there is only one known company in the country using PEF.

An industry leader in the manufacture and supply of alternative fuel to the cement industry in Chemor has been using local plastic waste and imported dry materials such as plastic, papers, clothes and wood to process into PEF.

Petronas explores renewable energy market

August 25, 2019

When will PETRONAS divest its hydrocarbon assets?

Dateline 2019-07-10, FMT:

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has taken steps to explore new growth areas beyond the conventional oil and gas sectors, says president and group CEO Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin.

Wan Zulkiflee said against the backdrop of demand for more sustainable energy sources, Petronas is considering viable investments in renewable energy, namely in solar, wind and biomass projects on a commercial scale.

“To cater to the growing energy demand, the company has embarked on numerous energy investments anchored to its three-pronged strategy to develop an energy mix that effectively balances the energy trilemma of security, affordability and sustainability of energy supply,” he said at the World Economic Forum’s roundtable discussion on Malaysia’s energy landscape today.

On track to meet renewable energy target

August 12, 2019

This is a leter to the paper::

Dateline 2019-06-28, The Star:

REFERRING to the report “Jomo: Lack of political commitment for RE (renewable energy) agenda in Malaysia” (TheStarOnline, June 25;, there is actually no issue of political will by the Pakatan Harapan government in setting the right tone via policies to promote the uptake of renewable energy.

The government is committed to fulfilling its promise in the Pakatan manifesto to increase the installed capacity of renewable energy (excluding large hydro schemes) from 2% in 2018 to 20% by the year 2025. It must be noted that this target is significantly higher than the one set by the previous administration (13% by 2030)

MGA advocates natural gas as a perfect partner to renewables

April 27, 2019

Dateline 2019-03-15, Bornoe Post:

With the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change’s (MESTECC) recent focus on expanding the contribution of renewables sources to the power sector, the Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) strongly advocates the increasingly important role that natural gas plays globally in transitioning to a sustainable energy mix and how Malaysia can emulate this to ensure the nation’s energy sustainability.

With MESTECC’s 2019 Initiatives striving to achieve 20 per cent renewable energy capacity mix and eight per cent savings through energy efficiency by 2025, the inherent properties of natural gas as the cleanest burning fossil fuel, makes it the perfect partner to achieve these targets.