In the renewables race, how can Malaysia come out on top?

September 15, 2021

I would like to define renewables as sources that will be able to regenerate before Cthulhu rises.

Dateline 2021-08-14, FMT:

 As countries begin to implement environmental protectionist policies, and with regional neighbours making strides in their green energy industries, Malaysia’s lack of progress in the space stands out.

FMT takes a closer look at Malaysia’s renewable energy situation and the way forward for the country.

What are renewables?

Renewables are forms of energy that do not require the burning of fossil fuels like petrol, diesel and coal which take eons to regenerate.


Cooking gas cylinder blasts not uncommon

September 14, 2021

Considering we hardly every change out the gas cylinder hose, it’s a wonder we aren’t having more cases.

Dateline 2021-08-16, The Sun:

Scarcely is there a home, restaurant or hawker stall in Malaysia that does not have the ubiquitous cooking gas cylinder.

More than half a century has passed since it was first introduced, and accepted as a safe and convenient option to charcoal or firewood for cooking.

However, cases of cooking gas cylinders exploding are not uncommon.

Just last month, a doctor in Penang was caught in a blast that left 95% of his body badly burned. He eventually succumbed to the injuries.


PetGas looks beyond Malaysia’s gas needs

September 13, 2021

Dateline 2021-08-16, Malaysiain Reserve:

PETRONAS Gas Bhd (PetGas) had a good run in the 2010s. The gas infrastructure and utility player increased its pipeline and regasification capacity as Malaysia’s natural gas consumption rose by more than 80%. It also grew its necessary experience in the utility sector, including electricity, steam and gas products generation.

However, this decade may very well present a different landscape. For one, Malaysia’s gas industry market is expecting full liberalisation in the distribution segment in 2022 (see sidebar), with another regulatory review in 2023-2025. While PetGas’ monopoly in the gas infrastructure space remains unchanged, policy changes may set the tone for future returns from its regulated businesses of gas transport (pipeline) and regasification.


Petronas announces end of SRT MotoGP title sponsorship

September 10, 2021

Aright, Formula E is coming to Malaysia. PETRONAS, where do I sign up? And have you heard of this thing called ChemECar competition. Send me a blank check, er, call me up so we can talk about competitions taking into account UNSDG.

And to paraphrase the philosophy of an Islamic Hadith, if you take away a good thing, replace it with something equally good or better.

Dateline 2021-08-14, Autosport:

On Thursday night it was revealed that Petronas would end its support for SRT in the MotoGP world championship at the end of the current season, just three years into the squad’s career in the premier class.

The support will also end for the Petronas Sprinta Moto2 and Moto3 teams, with both outfits expected to be folded by SRT at the end of the year to safeguard the MotoGP project.


Why the silence on key climate change report, Putrajaya asked

September 9, 2021

Oo, this was before we had a change of underwear. Let the new underware speak.

Dateline 2021-08-14, FMT:

Umno information chief Shahril Hamdan has questioned the government’s silence on a key United Nations (UN) report on climate change and its effects.

Released last Monday by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the landmark report warns that global warming is dangerously close to spiralling out of control, saying humans are “unequivocally” to blame.

Speaking to FMT, Shahril said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin could have addressed the report yesterday in his speech at the launch of the Perkukuh initiative, in which he announced reforms for government-linked investment companies (GLICs).


Solar PV cn help businesses save at least 25% on Energy Costs

September 8, 2021

Unless you are like me, the inverter kaputs every 2 years or so. And I don’t want savings, I want profit.

Dateline 2021-08-XX, The Star (hey, don’t they put datelines in anymore?)


A typical solar photovoltaic (PV) panel installation on commercial or industrial properties would help businesses to save potentially at least 25 per cent in electricity cost, UOB Malaysia deputy chief executive officer Ng Wei Wei said.

She said the amount of savings translates to an average payback period of three to five years on businesses’ total investments.

“Landed residential property households get to enjoy between 30 per cent and 50 per cent of monthly savings in electricity bills.


Renewable Energy the Way to Go

September 7, 2021

I think ‘energy that exceed UN Sustainable Development Goals and gives my grandchildren other than a Malaysian desert’ is the way to go, but hey, each to his own pocket.

Dateline 2021-08-XX, The Star:

Tough economic times are the best time for companies or individuals to invest in solar photovoltaic systems, says the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda).

Seda Strategic Planning Division director Ibrahim Ariffin said the value proposition for investments was two-fold – environmental and cost savings in the form of electricity bills.

“Climate change and sustainability have become key motivations across the globe and for the private sector.


Malaysia’s Petronas eyes third floating LNG vessel amid upstream uncertainties

September 6, 2021

Dateline 2021-08-12,S&P Global:

Malaysia’s national oil company Petronas has issued a front-end engineering and design tender for a third floating liquefied natural gas or FLNG plant, for which bids are due in August from interested parties, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

The FEED study is expected to kick off before the end of 2021 and lead to a final investment decision on the unit dubbed PFLNG Tiga during the second half of 2022, sources said. Petronas declined to comment.


POSCO International wins right to explore gas fields off Malaysian Peninsula

September 3, 2021

Wait,

PM524 minefield?

Dateline 2021-08-10, Aju Business Daily:

 POSCO International, a trading arm of South Korea’s steel group, will work with Petronas, a Malaysian state oil and gas company, to explore gas fields in waters of the east coast of the Malaysian Peninsula.

In an international bid, POSCO International said it has won the right to explore and operate the PM524 minefield where Petronas already operates a gas field. The South Korean company aims to sign a product distribution contract within this year after coordinating with Petronas on detailed conditions.

POSCO International has picked promising mining areas by checking seismic waves and drilling data. The company will hold an 80 percent stake, along with the right to operate, while the remainder will be controlled by Petronas’ subsidiary, Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the Malaysian state company.


Design Begins for Malaysian Carbon Capture and Storage Project

September 2, 2021

Dateline 2021-08-09, The Maritime Executive:

The development of the first complete Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project, offshore Malaysia, is getting underway for the oil and gas company Petronas. The conceptual engineering design contract for the project was awarded to the global energy consultancy Xodus. 

The Kasawari CCS project, off the coast of Sarawak, will comprise the capture and processing of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the sour gas field development, which will then be injected in a depleted gas field. This project is a key element of PETRONAS’ aspiration of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.