Sarawak Energy shares regional ambitions at SIEW 2019

Sharbini (second left) speaking in the plenary session at SIEW 2019.

SINGAPORE, Oct 31: Sarawak Energy Berhad (Sarawak Energy) has been making use of the state’s natural resources to power development and this has made up the predominant part of the energy provider’s generation mix, complemented by indigenous coal and gas for energy.

“Looking at the energy transition, interconnections provide a solution to the challenges faced by enabling us to share our renewable energy generation capacity with our neighbours,” group chief executive officer Datu Sharbini Suhaili said at Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2019.

Sarawak Energy was part of a high level thought leadership discourse on renewable energy solutions for Southeast Asia in Singapore and Sharbini was a panelist at the International Energy Agency Forum’s session titled ‘Opportunities and Challenges in the South East Asian Energy Landscape’.

He shared with the plenary session on why renewable hydropower remained the best option for Sarawak’s sustainable development and emphasised that interconnections should be a part of the solution to share electricity generated from renewable resources.

Other panelists included Chief of Finance, Strategy and New Business for ENGIE South East Asia Thomas Baudlot, Vice-President of Research and Development of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company Dr Vijay Swarup, Director of Energy Markets and Security for International Energy Agency Keisuke Sadamori, Executive Director for ASEAN Centre for Energy Dr Nuki Agya Utama and the moderator was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy, Bureau of Energy Resources for the United States Kurt Donnelly.

Sharbini (on stage, seated second left) speaking in the plenary session at SIEW 2019.

The discussion also centred around the various potential energy sources which could complement each other for energy security in the region.

Earlier, Sharbini attended the CEO roundtable discussion organised by Singapore Power Group as part of a line-up of prominent energy leaders and decision makers on the energy landscape and way forward in how to accelerate the transition to renewables.

Sarawak Energy Vice-President for Rural Electrification Dr Chen Shiun also spoke at the event as a panelist on the session titled “Socio-economic Footprint of the Energy Transformation” where he pointed out affordability was a key consideration in the developing world’s move to renewables. — DayakDaily