Sarawak Energy aims to be digital utility, pursuing balance energy growth

Ung speaking at SIBEC 2018.

KUCHING, Oct 13: In pursuit of balanced energy development, Sarawak Energy Bhd will be exploring alternative energy by harnessing indigenous natural resources.

At the same time, the power company is working on becoming a digital utility in step with global trends.

James Ung, the chief executive officer of Sarawak Energy’s generation arm SEB Power, said Sarawak Energy wanted to keep its objectives closely aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including providing greater access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy system and reduce carbon emission intensity to mitigate climate change.

A section of delegates comprising key industry players and service providers seen during the talk.

“Our generation mix is predominantly hydropower, and we are also maintaining our thermal plants in order to ensure security of supply. By doing so, we have built capacity to help spur and grow economic growth for Sarawak.

“We are also researching generation and applications of other energy sources,” he told some 600 industry players and service providers yesterday at the inaugural Sarawak International Business Exhibition and Conference (SIBEC) at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here.

Ung explained how pursuing hydropower had secured the state several advantages.

“Our venture into hydropower has enabled us to provide the lowest average unsubsidised tariffs in Malaysia. We also export electricity to West Kalimantan, displacing the equivalent in diesel generation for our neighbour and marking a significant milestone towards realising the Borneo Grid,” he said.

SIBEC 2018 is organised by the Sarawak Business Federation and is supported and endorsed by the State Government with the objectives to promote business and investment, to support the transformation of Sarawak’s digital economy, and to showcase the promotion of digital technology in the state. — DayakDaily