Batang Ai’s floating solar farm expected to be commissioned next year

Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg (first right), Sharbini (second right), Nuri Flex Co vice president Kim Han Soo (second left), and Lee (left) during the contract signing for Semadang Microgrid Project between Sarawak Energy and the South Korean consortium. Sarawak Information Department (JaPen)

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By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, June 9: The floating solar farm at the Batang Ai Hydropower Plant is expected to be commissioned next year and is compatible with Sarawak Energy Berhad’s (Sarawak Energy) earlier investments in hydropower development, allowing the energy company to further decarbonize its power grid, says its group chief executive officer (CEO) Datu Sharbini Suhaili.

He stated this today in his speech at Sarawak-Korea Energy Business Forum 2022, themed ‘Accelerating the Sarawak-Korea Strategic Energy Partnership’ at a local hotel here.

“Sarawak Energy plays a vital role in supporting the Sarawak government’s aspiration to create a thriving society and sustainable energy future where everyone enjoys economic prosperity, social inclusivity, and sustainable environment,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sharbini noted that the increase in installed capacity from 3,876MW in 2010 to 5,222MW in 2020 allowed Sarawak Energy to provide electricity to more households in Sarawak and diversify its revenue stream by attracting energy-intensive industries and export customers with globally competitive tariffs and tariff structure.

“We are proud of the transformation of our energy development and electricity landscape over the last 100 years and in particular, over the past decade, powered by the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy,” he explained.

Batang Ai floating solar farm is one of the effort of Sarawak Energy to advance Sarawak’s renewable energy.

Also present at the forum were Ambassador of South Korea to Malaysia Lee Chi Beom, Deputy Premier Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Deputy Minister for Energy and Environmental Sustainability Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, Sarawak Economic Planning Unit director Datu Dr Muhammad Abdullah Zaidel, Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) Energy Sdn Bhd CEO Robert Hardin, Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) senior vice president of corporate strategy Abang Arabi Abang Narudin, Korea Energy Economics Institute (KEEI) Research Planning and Coordination diretor Dr Lee Ho-Mu, and SEDC general manager Abdul Hadi Datuk Abdul Kadir. — DayakDaily