Energy sector cited as key engine in Brunei's economic growth

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Borneo Bulletin/Asia News Network): The ‘Energy Security and Energy Transition: Today and Tomorrow’ exhibition was officially launched on Wednesday (June 15), as part of a series of events for the Energy Week in conjunction with the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition 2022 (Brunei MYCE) at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Berakas.

The Energy Week aims to raise awareness on the energy sector’s resilience in the wake of the ever-changing global energy market, with energy security and energy transition being its central focus.

The four-day event also celebrates the sector’s significant contribution as the key engine of Brunei Darussalam’s economic growth in building a brighter future for Bruneians.

Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi Mohd Yussof, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Paduka Dr Haji Abdul Manaf Metussin and Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Awang Nazmi Mohamad launched the event.

According to Brunei MYCE 2022 organisers, energy security is characterised by the need for a safe, reliable and uninterrupted supply of energy to drive economies, businesses and societies towards sustainability, while energy transition addresses the country’s commitment towards a more sustainable and cleaner energy industry.

“The country’s energy transformation takes into consideration the transition towards a low carbon energy system to safeguard the nation’s environmental heritage.

“In line with the theme, the exhibition provides an exclusive access to the latest initiatives including local employment opportunities and sustainable development efforts in the energy sector,” the organisers said in a press statement.

Among the participating exhibitors are the Department of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office, the Department of Electrical Services (DES), the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA), Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam, higher education institutions, leading oil and gas and power operators.

A series of interactive sessions between businesses, entrepreneurs, the public and the energy sector’s professionals and related agencies are being organised to raise awareness on the energy sector’s development.

A market engagement session is being held over the four days, to connect local entrepreneurs and companies with the country’s leading oil and gas operators as part of the initiatives to support local businesses’ penetration into the energy sector.

The market engagement session will feature activities including vendor pitching and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) clinic. In supporting the development of local manpower in the energy sector, a Career Path Fair is being organised as part of the initiative to provide job seekers and the public with an unparalleled access to gather employment information and acquire quality career advise directly from representatives from energy industry and other institutions.

During the four-day event, the Human Resource Competency Framework (HRCF) will also be launched as an established mechanism for the strategic development of the human resources of the Department of Energy to further assist the growth of its workforce capabilities in line with the development of Brunei Darussalam’s energy sector.

The Energy Week also brings together energy sector’s industry players and academia in an in-depth strategic discussion on energy matters.

A symposium will take place today featuring panel discussions on a wide range of energy topics, to discuss the future challenges of the oil and gas industry in the Sultanate, insights to energy transition, to sharing of Bruneian leaders’ career journey in the oil and gas businesses.

An energy seminar will take place tomorrow to foster discussions among participants that will cover topics and case studies, such as subsurface, safety, asset integrity, green energy and enabling technology to unlock upstream opportunities.

In emphasising operational safety in the energy sector, a closing ceremony of the Safety Month in conjunction with World Day for Safety and Health at Work (WDSHW) will be held on June 18.

In highlighting the evolution of the power sector in the Sultanate, site visits are being conducted at Bukit Panggal Power Station, Berakas Power Station and the National Control Centre from June 16 to June 18, with the aim to provide exposure to students on modern technology used in increasing energy efficiency through power generation.

The Brunei MYCE 2022 is organised by the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism through the Brunei Tourism Board in collaboration with government agencies, statutory bodies, stakeholders and private agencies.

The Brunei MYCE 2022 is also fully supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

The event is also supported by the partnering agencies D’Sunlit Sdn Bhd as the event operator; Datastream Digital Sdn Bhd (DST) as the official Telco partner; as well as several official media partners, namely Radio Television Brunei (RTB), the Information Department (Pelita Brunei) and Brunei Press Sdn Bhd.

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