Large-scale hydropower in Sarawak ‘unsustainable and unnecessary’

February 14, 2023

Dateline 2022-12-05, FMT:

Large-scale hydropower cannot be considered a source of renewable energy for Sarawak because of its destructive impact on the environment and on indigenous communities, says Sarawak-based civil society group SAVE Rivers.

It said this in response to statements by Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) vice-president Ting Ching Zung during a panel discussion at the Go ESG ASEAN 2022 Conference on Nov 24.

“We are worried to hear that SEB is promoting mega dams again,” says James Nyurang of Tanjung Tepalit, Baram, one of the communities that would have been inundated by the now-shelved Baram dam.

Samsung Engineering signs MoU with SEDC Energy and Sarawak Energy Berhad for Sarawak H2biscus Green Hydrogen & Ammonia Project Supply of Electricity

November 23, 2022

Dateline 2022-09-09, Hydrogen Central:

Samsung Engineering signs MoU with SEDC Energy and Sarawak Energy berhad for Sarawak H2biscus green hydrogen & ammonia project supply of electricity.

Samsung Engineering, one of the world’s leading Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Project Management (EPC&PM) companies with SEDC Energy (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC)) and Sarawak Energy Berhad, LOTTE CHEMICAL, and POSCO Holdings jointly announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) to study the potential of suppling at least 900MW of hydro-based renewable power for the H2biscus Green Hydrogen/Ammonia project (H2biscus project) in Sarawak, Malaysia.

Sarawak Energy expands in in-house HSAP and HESG assessors

September 1, 2021

Dateline 2021-08-09, Water Power (like Nitendo Power, but betterer)

Sarawak Energy has reinforced its commitment towards sustainable hydropower development and management by expanding its pool of internationally trained in-house Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP)/Hydropower Environmental, Social and Governance (HESG) assessors accredited by International Hydropower Association (IHA). 

The all-Sarawakian team now includes 11 IHA Provisional Accredited Assessors and 18 IHA Certified Users who will be responsible for assessing and improving the sustainability performance of Sarawak Energy’s hydropower projects and plants. The Provisional Accredited Assessors (PAAs) will also be involved in sustainability assessments for international projects undertaken by other developers under the supervision of an International Hydropower Association (IHA) Lead Assessor. To date, two of the PAAs have been involved in an official HSAP/HESG assessment for a hydropower plant in operation in Indonesia.

Sarawak launches Asean’s first integrated hydrogen production plant

July 4, 2019

Is this renewable energy?

Dateline 2019-05-27, Malay Mail:

Sarawak is poised to become a world exporter of hydrogen following the launch of Southeast Asia’s first integrated hydrogen production plant and refuelling station here today.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said a potential overseas investor had shown interest in setting up a plant to produce hydrogen here and buy the product back to replace nuclear power in their country.

“I cannot reveal the details yet because negotiations are still on and there is a possibility of Sarawak becoming a world exporter of hydrogen that will give extra revenue to power our economy in the long run,” he told reporters after the launch of the plant and refuelling station being undertaken by Sarawak Energy, an energy development company, in collaboration with Linde EOX Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Linde Malaysia.