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Bintulu plant to increase Malaysian hydrogen production

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Following the completion of the ecologically friendly hydrogen and green ammonia factory in Bintulu, tons of green ammonia, blue ammonia, and green hydrogen will be produced.

Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg stated that, once completed, the plant would produce 630,000 metric tonnes of green ammonia, 600,000 metric tonnes of blue ammonia, and 220,000 metric tonnes of green hydrogen, of which 7,000 metric tonnes would be used for domestic purposes and the remainder exported to South Korea.

“Sarawak will provide an excellent ecosystem for the hydrogen economy, making it a pioneer in Asia-Pacific in terms of exploration, innovation, and production of green hydrogen.

In light of this, I am pleased to see South Korean firms like Samsung Engineering, POSCO, and Lotte Chemical teaming together with Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) to construct the plant.

This was said by Abang Johari during his keynote address and closing remarks on Thursday at the “Accelerating the Sarawak-Korea Strategic Energy Partnership, Sarawak-Korea Energy Business Forum” (June 9).

He stated that normally, “green” refers to zero-carbon products created using renewable energy and electrolysis, whereas “blue” refers to a production technique that combines natural gas with carbon 11 capture technologies to make low-carbon products.

Sarawak has been selected as one of the world’s most promising places for carbon capture, utilization, and storage” (CCUS).

“CCUS can accelerate Southeast Asian economic growth on the path to net-zero emissions. Beyond fossil fuel applications, CCUS contributes to emission reductions of power and industrial assets, while supporting new economic prospects linked with the production of low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia.

Abang Johari stated that Sarawak just enacted the Land Code (Amendment) Bill, 2022, putting it in a better position to promote CCUS as a potent technology for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions in the direction of a low-carbon economy.

“Therefore, I encourage Korean firms to collaborate with Sarawak to investigate the possibilities of CCUS. The possibility exists during the initial phase of capturing and separating CO2 from 12 processing and manufacture of green ammonia, methanol, or combustion flue gases.

“The captured CO2 is subsequently compressed into a liquid or supercritical fluid, making it suitable for shipment.

“I believe that the cooperation between Korea and Sarawak would expedite and improve the deployment of CCUS infrastructure for CO2 transport and storage.”

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