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By Nur Ashikin Louis and Karen Bong
KUCHING, June 21: Two upcoming gas separation plants in Sarawak with investments worth RM48 billion signify the State’s momentum in digital and green energy transition.
Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said there are two foreign companies which have invested in projects to separate carbon dioxide (CO2) gas.
“Each plant will involve investment worth US$6 billion.
“If we have two plants, this means we will have US$12 billion or about RM48 billion,” he said at a press conference after the closing ceremony of International Digital Economy Conference Sarawak (Idecs) 2022 held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.
Following this, Abang Johari was confident that the State will be fully ready for renewable energy transition by 2030.
“What’s needed is a well-trained workforce. We will work on training our workforce to embark on this renewable energy industry by 2026 or 2027, meaning before 2030,” he added.
He also disclosed that initially, Sarawak would need to inject RM64 billion into the State’s economy to generate eight per cent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth by the year 2030.
“But now, it is more than that. The two plants alone involve investments worth RM48 billion.
“We have yet to include Japanese corporation Sumitomo which had expressed intention to embark on hydrogen production. So from there, there are
job opportunities for our people,” he emphasised. — DayakDaily