Two MoUs inked for Sabah's renewable energy development
KOTA KINABALU: Three organisations have inked collaborative partnership that marks an important starting point in Sabah's renewable energy development and policy advancement. Tawau Green Energy (TGE), the first developer of Malaysia's first geothermal power plant project at Apas Kiri, Tawau, sealed two separate memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Atlas Copco.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the newly formed partnership would greatly benefit Sabah and the country's energy sector in general. "The MoU with TGE will enable UMS to utilise its partner's project site for undertaking research in the field of geology, geophysics, chemistry and other related studies. The insights gained from this research are expected to boost capacity building in this field as well as facilitate the future development of geothermal resources in the country. This will be especially critical for the exploration of geothermal potential in the Tawau-Semporna peninsula," said Ongkili.
He added that the partnership will also enable UMS to assist TGE in facilitating a proposed Geothermal Resource Centre in Tawau, which aimed at bringing together stakeholders and specialists in the geothermal energy industry to provide capacity building for the budding Malaysian geothermal industry. He explained that the centre would provide specific training and short course programmes in the areas of applied geosciences, geothermal drilling, power plant design and operations, among others. It will also provide a platform for UMS and other local universities to collaborate with foreign institutions in the field of geothermal energy. "In addition, the close partnership between TGE and Atlas Copco will allow technical collaboration in the introduction of new renewable energy generation technologies in Malaysia to optimise our geothermal resource potentials.
"As we know TGE is currently developing a 36 Megawatt (MW) geothermal power plant project, which, when commissioned, will not only help to reinforce generation capacity in the East Coast of Sabah, but also put Malaysia on the world map of geothermal power production," he said. Atlas Copco is a leading provider for binary geothermal technology for power plants. Ongkili also officiated at the launch of Sabah's first renewable energy association, (REASabah), held in conjunction with the signing ceremony. The association officially approved by the Registrar of Societies on March 7 envisioned to be a platform for industry players, higher learning institutes and other stakeholders to group together towards finding solutions to power problems faced by the State.
It also seeks to advise the government on policies, regulations and guidelines on how to properly develop the energy sector. At the signing ceremony, UMS was presented by its deputy vice-chancellor (Research and development) Professor Dr Sharil Yusof and the TGE by its managing director, Ramzi Raad. Signing for Atlas Copco Gas & Process was its president, Peter Wagner.
Source from: The Borneo Post
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