Sarawak Premier: Electricity export, carbon trading among matters discussed during S’pore visit

Abang Johari (second left) greets Anwar upon arrival at the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore. Photo: OPS

SINGAPORE, Jan 30: Cooperation between Singapore and Sarawak in the distribution of renewable energy and carbon trading are two matters that have been brought up for discussion between Prime Minister Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his Singaporean counterpart today.

According to a media release issued by the Office of the Premier of Sarawak (OPS), Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said this when interviewed by TVS before leaving for Sarawak after the delegation’s visit to Singapore in the afternoon.

Anwar arrived in Singapore in the morning earlier for his first one-day official visit to the republic since being appointed as the 10th Prime Minister.

Abang Johari was among members of Anwar’s entourage in the meeting between Anwar and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

In the discussion, Anwar raised the issue of the proposed export of electricity from Sarawak to Singapore, which will also involve the approval of the Indonesian government.

The undersea electric cable from Tondong, Sarawak, to Singapore will involve a distance of 720km, where at least 70 per cent of the route is in Indonesian waters through the Muri-Midai corridor.

The Premier said that if it becomes a reality through the project with a cost of up to SGD8 billion, Sarawak has the potential to export up to 1,000 MW of energy to Singapore.

“On behalf of Sarawak, Anwar also touched on the potential of carbon trading cooperation between the private sector in Singapore and Sarawak.

“The collaboration is currently in the discussion stage between the private sector of Singapore and Sarawak,” he said. — DayakDaily