KUCHING, Dec 6: Sarawak Energy Berhad and MASDAR of United Arab Emirates (UAE), the world’s largest renewable energy company, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development of clean energy in Sarawak as part of the State’s green economy initiatives.
The MoU signing ceremony occurred today on the sidelines of the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, witnessed by Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.
According to a media release, the MOU follows earlier discussion between the Premier and top officials from MASDAR.
Earlier on, Abang Johari and Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan engaged with MASDAR in an exchange that touched primarily on the company’s investment prospects in supporting Sarawak’s quest to be the regional hub for clean energy in South East Asia.
MASDAR with presence in over 40 countries is one of the world’s largest renewable energy companies and a green hydrogen leader that has placed the UAE at the forefront of the energy transition.
The signatories of the MoU were represented by Sarawak Energy chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Sharbini Suhaili and MASDAR CEO Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi.
As part of Sarawak’s investment mission in conjunction with COP28, Abang Johari led a delegation in a meeting with Mubadala Investment Company this morning.
Mubadala committee member Dr Bakheet Al Katheeri, Mubadala Investment Company CEO Shiekh Mansoor Al Hamed and UAE Ambassador to Malaysia His Excellency Dr Mubarak Saeed Al Dhaheri were among those present at the meeting.
The high-profile meeting touched on strategic partnerships between Mubadala and Sarawak with a view to intensify Sarawak’s presence in the upstream, midstream and downstream aspects of the world oil and gas industry.
The discussions also touched on Sarawak’s commitment to sustainable practices in accordance with Article 6 of the Paris accord.
Sarawak Secretary Datuk Amar Mohd Abu Bakar Marzuki, Deputy Minister of International Trade, Industry and Investment Datuk Malcom Mussen Lamoh, Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Sustainability Datuk Dr Hazland Abang Hipni as well as key government departments and agencies’ heads were also present. — DayakDaily