Brunei to boost solar project development

James Kon

The Ministry of Energy is looking at developing small and medium-scale solar projects that will suit Brunei Darussalam’s environment and conditions, as the country saw an increase in the usage of green and renewable energy.

This was shared by Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein during ‘Transition: Transitioning to our Low Carbon Energy Future’ panel session at the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2020, on October 26.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny said solar technologies are already being utilised in Brunei Darussalam to supplement the rural populations energy supply.

The Ministry of Energy will continue its efforts towards reducing energy intensity and to increase the total share of renewable energy in Brunei’s power generation.

The minister also reiterated the importance of gas as an accessible, affordable source of cleaner energy in the region. This is underlined by its prominence in the ASEAN Plan of Action on Energy Cooperation for sustainable energy development in ASEAN.

Minister of Energy Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein

Innovation and technology together with affordability, he explained, “will play a key role in realising a low-carbon energy future. Hydrogen, Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) and energy storage technologies were highlighted as an upcoming key technologies that have been forecast by the International Energy Agency (IEA) that can further accelerate the reduction of global greenhouse gas output.”

“The Ministry of Energy will closely monitor its development to support the national climate agenda and global efforts for decarbonisation,” he added.

The SIEW 2020, held until tomorrow is organised by the Energy Market Authority (EMA), Singapore, featuring a number of events to address the theme ‘Creating Our Low Carbon Energy Future Together’.

In its 13th iteration, key emphasis was placed on the role of energy players and stakeholders to accelerate efforts in building a low-carbon energy future. A bilateral meeting was held between Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny and Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on the sidelines of SIEW 2020.

The meeting discussed matters related to regional and international development, as well as areas of mutual interest underpinned by the bilateral ties between Brunei Darussalam and Singapore. Both ministers also explored possible areas of cooperation between the two nations pertaining to the energy sector.

Also in attendance were Deputy Minister of Energy Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, and Deputy Permanent Secretary (Energy and Power) Pengiran Haji Jamra Weira bin Pengiran Haji Petra.

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