Sarawak looks to hydrogen export to boost economy

Abang Johari Openg fills a car with hydrogen fuel at the launch of Southeast Asia’s first integrated hydrogen production plant in Kuching.

KUCHING: Sarawak is considering the export of hydrogen fuel as one of its revenue sources, saying it is currently negotiating with an interested foreign party.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said the state is also looking into setting up more hydrogen plants, adding that it is a cleaner form of energy which Sarawak can easily produce due to its supply of adequate water from which hydrogen can be extracted.

“We have five dams and enough supply of water. It would be a waste if it is only used for hydroelectric purposes,” he said after launching Southeast Asia’s first integrated hydrogen production plant, refuelling station and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at Sarawak Energy here.

He said the income from the 5% sales tax for petroleum products had been invested for this purpose to boost the state’s economy and create more job opportunities.

The new plant is able to produce 130kg of hydrogen daily at a purity of 99.999%, as well as support and refuel up to five fuel cell buses and 10 fuel cell cars per day.