KUCHING: State power company Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) must be forward-looking and explore new products which can be marketed overseas.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this would help to increase revenue for the state.
“SEB must look for all sorts of energy. If you look at the whole spectrum of energy production, the value is there,” he said at the company’s Gawai-Raya celebration at Menara Sarawak Energy here.
For instance, Abang Johari said SEB should continue with its research and development on hydrogen fuel cell technology.
“The world is shifting towards fuel cells. I have asked SEB to find a new source of energy to move our cars by producing hydrogen from the water resources from our dams,” he said.
He said there was potential for SEB to supply energy to other parts of Borneo.
“I do not know if Indonesia will move their capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan. There’s talk of that. If it happens and they need electricity, we can work together with Indonesia.
“The potential is there for a Borneo grid. With your expertise and engineering skills, we can work together with Indonesia, as well as with Brunei and Sabah,” he said.
SEB chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi said the company was working on the Borneo grid initiative as part of its plans to become a regional powerhouse.
“With our first interconnection to west Kalimantan already established, we are now in discussions with Sabah and Brunei for further power exchange agreements,” he said.
Amar Abdul Hamed said SEB was working with the state’s Utilities Ministry to provide power supply to rural and remote communities in Sarawak.
He said accelerating rural electrification was one of SEB’s major initiatives this year, with the aim of powering up 99% of Sarawak by next year and full electrification by 2025.