KUCHING: Sarawak is moving ahead in its green energy agenda with the launch of an integrated hydrogen production plant and refuelling station, touted as the first in South East Asia.
Built by Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) in collaboration with Linde EOX Sdn Bhd, the facility includes a plant that produces hydrogen through electrolysis and a refuelling station for the state’s first hydrogen-powered vehicles.
The station will initially service three hydrogen fuel cell buses operated by the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and two cars in SEB’s corporate fleet.
“In Sarawak, we have a green energy agenda. Besides hydropower, we are now exploring hydrogen as another source of energy,” Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said when launching the facility at SEB’s western regional office.
He said the state planned to introduce three-in-one fuel stations after this, which would cater for vehicles powered by fossil fuel, electricity and hydrogen.
Abang Johari (in driver’s seat) and Abdul Hamed trying out a hydrogen cell-powered car.
The stations will be set up by state-owned Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) and SEDC.
“We are going to set up initially five stations, starting at the end of this year. That is our next move,” he said.
Meanwhile, SEB chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi said the hydrogen plant can produce 130kg of hydrogen daily and is capable of fully refuelling up to five fuel cell buses and 10 fuel cell cars per day.
“We are working together with SEDC who leads the hydrogen-fuelled bus pilot project to improve and green our public transportation system.
“In addition, we have added two Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicles into our corporate fleet,” he said.
SEDC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain said the buses would be used as a pilot project to demonstrate the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cell technology for public transport in Sarawak.
He said the buses will commence operations as soon as SEDC receives the necessary permits from the relevant authorities.