Economic Undertakings

SEDC Energy plans to develop concessionaire owned and operated Petros stations

Abdul Aziz speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony. – Photo by Roystein Emmor

KUCHING (November 24): SEDC Energy plans to develop concessionaire-owned and concessionaire-operated Petros stations in addition to the multi-fuel refueling stations it owns and operates, said Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Dato, chairman of the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC). Hussein.

“We are planning additional multi-fuel refueling stations at Bintulu, Miri, Sibu and Sri Aman in the coming years, but we are also looking forward to developing dealer owned and operated Petros stations.

“(It is) so that entrepreneurs interested in this can participate in the retail business of various fuels,” he said in his welcome speech at the inauguration ceremony of the multi-fuel refueling station of the MJC Batu Kawa chaired by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan. Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg yesterday morning.

Abdul Aziz said that in addition to producing carbonless or green hydrogen, SEDC Energy will also look into the manufacture or assembly of hydrogen fuel cell components.

“This is part of the effort to develop the hydrogen economy in Sarawak.

“The project companies, which aim to reduce carbon, can also contribute to potential carbon credit markets (which) may be another commodity for Sarawak in the global market,” he said.

Abdul Aziz said that SEDC and SEDC Hydrogen are engaged in their development efforts for the green economy and Sarawak’s hydrogen program.

He noted that with various projects under development focused on the global push towards net zero emissions by 2050, Petros multi-fuel stations would be one of the key projects in this regard.

“This multi-fuel station will serve our current conventional vehicles, which run on petroleum and diesel. Our goal for these multi-fuel stations is also to serve the future, the next generation of low-carbon vehicles, such as electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), as engines transition conventional internal combustion is high.

“This is in line with achieving a net zero carbon future. These multi-fuel stations will be equipped to charge electric vehicles (EVs) as well as power fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), unlike any other station currently in Malaysia, and indeed this is something we we can be very proud, ”he said. noted.

Abdul Aziz said that in addition to refueling, these stations will provide shopping spaces for local and global brands to market their products or services and at the same time boost the local economy, especially the areas surrounding the stations.

“In keeping with Sarawak’s ambition to be a digital powerhouse, the station equipment and system includes the Internet of Things (IoT), automated sensors, big data analytics and cashless payments with integration into existing platforms like Sarawak Pay.

“Manual labor during the operation of these stations will be minimized and different skills are required compared to conventional workers at conventional stations,” he added.

As many countries around the world rush to establish their own hydrogen economies to control the worsening effects of pollution, Abdul Aziz believes Sarawak is in the right place and time to establish its own. hydrogen economy.

“There may be challenges to that, however, this is how we can learn to become experts in this field, because I firmly believe that the challenges will make us more determined, focused and therefore propel us further into the right. direction .

“Thereafter, we will not only be able to contribute to Sarawak, but also be recognized as a world leader in this industry,” he said.

The MJC Batu Kawa New Township station will be the second multi-fuel refueling station in Kuching, after the first flagship multi-fuel station in Darul Hana.

While the construction of the Darul Hana multi-fuel refueling station is expected to be completed soon, construction of the proposed multi-fuel refueling station to MJC Batu Kawah is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2022.

Also present were Minister of Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Director of Sarawak Datu Economic Planning Unit Dr Muhammad Abdullah Zaidel, Chairman of Petros Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr Hamid Bugo and General Manager of SEDC Energy Robert Hardin.