Julaihi: Sarawak Energy’s relevance and value extends beyond Malaysia

Julaihi (second right) together with Abdul Hamed (white shirt) Sarawak Energy group chief executive officer Datu Sharbini Suhaili (second left), Deputy Minister of Utility and Telecommunication Datuk Liwan Lagang (right), and others being briefed by a Sarawak Energy staff during their visit to the exhibition after the launching ceremony.

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KUCHING, June 16: Sarawak Energy Berhad’s (Sarawak Energy) relevance and value has now grown beyond national borders, said Minister for Utility and Telecommunication Datuk Julaihi Narawi.

According to Julaihi, Sarawak Energy is also a key lever in the green energy agenda through its advancement in the hydrogen economy by researching hydrogen and fuel cells application, thereafter launching Southeast Asia’s first integrated hydrogen production plant and refueling station in Kuching, and thus putting Sarawak on the world map.

“As a result, Sarawak is now a preferred Asean investment destination due to our competitive advantage in power tariff and sustainability.

“This has enable the company to serve as an important contributor to Sarawak’s growth and prosperity, powering the State’s social economic development through sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supply,” said Julaihi during the launching ceremony of the ‘100 Years Of Powering Sarawak’ exhibition held at Borneo Cultures Museum (BCM) here today.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Energy chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi said guided by the Sarawak government, Sarawak Energy is now ahead of the sustainable energy development curve, transitioning from a generation mix that was 100 per cent fossil fuel in 1921 to one that is predominantly renewable hydropower today.

He said Sarawak Energy today owed a tremendous debt of gratitude to the past leaders of Sarawak and Sarawak Energy who put robust strategies in place to ensure the company’s growth.

“Moving forward, we will look to realise our regional renewable powerhouse ambitions.

“As we enter our next century of powering Sarawak, we will continue to build on the 100-year legacy of excellence that Sarawak Energy has cultivated so far, working together with our stakeholders and Sarawak’s people to create a reliable, affordable, prosperous and sustainable energy future for all,” he said.

The exhibition at Borneo Cultures Museum is open to the public starting today until July 15.

The centenary commemoration showcases Sarawak’s past, present and future electrification journey and initiatives to power a more sustainable and renewable energy future for both Sarawak and the region.

The exhibition also highlights “Commemorating Cultural Partnerships with Hydropower Communities” and features a section of the Longest Woven Rug/Mat In The World as recorded by Guinness World Records, an achievement by Orang Ulu weavers delivered in partnership with the energy developer’s neighbouring communities in its current and future hydropower plants. — DayakDaily