MGA advocates expanded role for natural gas

December 2, 2018

Dateline 2018-10-09, Borneo Post:

In support of the government’s efforts to achieve Malaysia’s COP21 targets, the Malaysian Gas Association (MGA) is advocating for the expanded use of natural gas, a clean, efficient and cost-effective fuel, to reduce the country’s carbon emissions and drive social, environmental and economic progress.

Malaysia’s natural gas industry reported a cumulative contribution to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) amounting to 4.2 per cent, comprising of domestic sales of natural gas at US$2.45 billion and exports in the form of liquified natural gas (LNG) valued at US$10.56 billion in 2015.

Commenting on the industry, MGA president Hazli Sham Kassim said that given that natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel, the association believes natural gas can play a prominent role in ensuring the country achieves its COP21 promise by supporting the expansion of renewable energy while simultaneously driving Malaysia’s economic progress.

Gas players want more clarity on policies

November 30, 2018

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.”