Institute to cultivate talent in renewable energy

Malaysia is getting ready to make a transition towards renewal energy, says Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin. (Bloomberg pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: Edra Power Holdings Sdn Bhd plans to set up an international institute in Malaysia to cultivate local talent in renewable energy under the aegis of its parent company, China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN).

It will be one of eight such training institutes in CGN’s active exploration for international talent to support its worldwide operations.

“CGN Energy International Institute (CGNEI) is CGN’s platform for overseas clean energy.

“It will centre on Malaysia and spread to countries along China’s Belt and Road initiative, like Europe and America, to utilise CGN Group’s 40 years of training expertise and resources,” said CGN University executive vice-president Zhang Guo Qiang.

He said that with the establishment of the institute in Malaysia, CGN would play an active role in developing local talent as Malaysia moved towards utilising more renewable energy.

Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin was reported as saying recently that Malaysia was getting ready to make a transition towards renewable energy to make the environment more sustainable, competitive, efficient and greener.

She said the transition would be possible after Malaysia signs the global initiative RE100 Agreement, probably in January next year.

RE100 is a Global Electricity Initiative that brings together influential businesses to 100% renewable electricity with the aim of accelerating change towards zero carbon grids at the global scale.

Zhang told Bernama that CGN’s talent cultivation initiative had resulted in the group becoming a leader in clean energy. The expertise, skills and technical know-how would give CGNEI a head-start in cultivating local talent.

He said CGN, China’s largest and the world’s third largest nuclear power operator as well as the world’s largest nuclear power station builder, had been striving to develop clean energy over the past 40 years.

With the proposed institute in Malaysia, the group was poised to support the development of high-quality talent and clean energy in the country, he said.

“The training centre in Malaysia will be an important regional training centre.

“CGNEI will invest heavily on the development of training facilities and programmes to create a high-quality talent pool for Edra and local communities to support Edra’s clean energy strategic development,” Zhang said.

Edra is one of Southeast Asia’s leading international independent power producers, with 13 power and desalination plants in Malaysia, Egypt, Bangladesh, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan.