Energy Transition, Transformation & Decarbonisation in Sarawak

Thursday, December 7th, 2023

Surbana Jurong and Invest Sarawak sign partnership to deepen energy transition, transformation & decarbonisation initiatives in Sarawak State | Memorandum of Understanding follows SJ’s appointment in 2021 to study Sarawak State’s downstream petrochemical industry to attract higher value investments


On 5 December 2023, Surbana Jurong (SJ) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Invest Sarawak, an entity under the State Government of Sarawak’s Ministry of International Trade, Industry and Investment (MINTRED Sarawak) today to develop cooperation and partnership opportunities to pursue industrial transformation, energy transition and industrial decarbonisation, carbon capture, utility and storage (CCUS) and industrial park development and management in Sarawak.


The key aims of the cooperation include identifying challenges and opportunities present for Sarawak’s industrial landscape, such as green economy opportunities and enhance and develop skillsets to equip the people of Sarawak for new opportunities; and the implementation of energy transition and industrial decarbonisation projects, integrated with greenfield and brownfield industrial activities. The partners will identify carbon capture opportunities especially in the power generation sector, such as potential carbon utilisation and sequestration projects.


One of the key features of the partnership include the joint establishment of an industrial park venture to implement best-in-class standards in the planning, development and future management of greenfield industrial parks that prioritises decarbonisation and sustainable power sources.


SJ has a strong track record and deep expertise in developing future-ready ecosystems covering renewables, carbon capture utilisation strategies, new energies and gas, energy infrastructure, and industrial decarbonisation strategies that can lead to low carbon and net zero outcomes, especially for hard-to-abate industries.


This is the second partnership between SJ and Sarawak’s MINTRED, following its first partnership agreement signed in 2021.


Under the 2021 agreement, SJ was appointed to study the State’s broader industrial transformation plan to explore bold and innovative ways to meet the future needs of Sarawak’s economic development, with the aim of helping MINTRED transition to renewable energy alternatives, such as hydrogen, carbon capture, utilisation and storage as it takes steps to decarbonise.


The MOU was signed by Tan Wooi Leong, Managing Director of Energy & Industrial, and Global Renewable Lead, SJ, and Timothy Ong Wye Ern, Chief Executive Officer, Invest Sarawak at the Singapore Pavilion that is being convened at the COP28 meeting at Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The MOU reflects the commitment on both sides to pursue net zero goals.


“Sarawak’s geography with its rich renewable and natural resources presents renewable energy engineers tremendous opportunities to reimagine a net zero future. SJ is excited to work with the State of Sarawak to maximise the value of decarbonisation across power generation and hard-to-abate sectors, which is increasingly driving the agenda in Sarawak’s future economic development and industrial positioning,” said Tan Wooi Leong.


“This partnership that is focused on decarbonisation opens up fresh opportunities for Sarawak to attract and sustain a steady flow of investors. That the partnership looks to upskilling talent in renewables certainly bolsters confidence in Sarawak’s economic prospects,” said Timothy Ong.


Surbana Jurong Group is a diverse collective of problem solvers for the built environment, continually reimagining ways to create a smart and sustainable future. Headquartered in Singapore, the group has a global talent pool of 16,000 in Surbana Jurong and its member companies AETOS, Atelier Ten, B+H, CHIL, KTP, Prostruct, Robert Bird Group, SAA and SMEC, based in more than 120 offices in over 40 countries. They include architects, designers, planners, engineers, facilities managers and other specialists driven by progressive thinking and creative ideas to shape a better future. Their technical experts deliver sustainable solutions that cover the entire project life cycle from planning and design, through to delivery and management. They also provide a full suite of multidisciplinary consultancy services across a diverse range of sectors including transportation, water, aviation, healthcare, hospitality, energy, CCUS and industrial decarbonisation. The Group is #23 in Engineering News-Record’s 2023 Top 225 International Design Firms, #13 in World Architecture 100 2023, and Asia Pacific FM Technology Provider of the Year 2022, awarded by International Facility Management Association.


InvestSarawak is an investment promotion agency under the Ministry of International Trade, Industry and Investment (MINTRED) Sarawak, Malaysia that serves as the One Stop Centre (OSC) for all investors (foreign and domestic) serves to make investing in Sarawak a seamless experience and improve the ease of doing business. Among the roles and functions of InvestSarawak include advisory and facilitation on investment and trade, formulate attractive incentive packages for investors, organise business networking and familiarisation programmes and strategic project evaluation.




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