Minister attends energy meetings in Japan

James Kon

Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein recently attended a series of key meetings and events in Tokyo, Japan which were linked to Brunei Darussalam’s key energy assets and the future of energy security.

The series of meetings included the 2nd Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting, held in the morning on September 25; the International Conference on Carbon Recycling in the afternoon on September 25; and the Liquefied natural gas (LNG) Producer-Consumer Conference 2019 on September 26, organised by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan in partnership with various agencies.

According to the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI), the 2nd Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting brought together representatives of over 30 countries and organisations to discuss the progress of hydrogen energy-related technologies and the potential that hydrogen holds as a clean and safe source of energy worldwide.

Brunei is participating in the Global Hydrogen Supply Chain Demonstration Project in collaboration with Japan through the AHEAD consortium.

The project is expected to run from January to December 2020 to demonstrate the effectiveness of Chiyoda Corporation’s SPERA hydrogen technology, an affordable means of global hydrogen transportation by repurposing hydrogen into a form that allows it to be shipped using conventional intermodal containers (ISO) to Japan.

Meanwhile, the International Conference on Carbon Recycling 2019 is a platform for industry, academia and government leaders from around the world to spur the development of carbon recycling technologies that will allow carbon emissions and other carbon by-products to be converted into other usable materials and resources of value.

Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein in a group photo during the 2nd Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting in Tokyo, Japan. PHOTO: MEMI

This promotes the development of a circular economy and supports the global climate action agenda towards a decarbonised society. Discussions also touched on the introduction of the ‘Carbon Recycling Technology Roadmap’, such as that which had been introduced by Japan in June 2019.

As part of the MEMI’s efforts to develop sustainable and alternative energy initiatives for future energy security, the ministry is actively exploring a number of clean energy sources, including solar energy and hydrogen energy. New developments that contribute to a green, circular economy and maximisation of resources are high on the ministry’s agenda.

Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny also joined other countries and analysts at the LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2019, while also keeping abreast of the growth of alternative and renewable sources of energy, cleaner fossil fuel sources such as LNG.

The conference reported a growing appetite for LNG driven by policies to curb air pollution, as well as the need to serve the power demands from continuous population and industrial growth.

LNG is a key commodity for Brunei Darussalam, since the establishment of Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd 50 years ago. Brunei Darussalam will continue to undertake major investments to enhance, extend and expand the business including improving the reliability of the LNG plant through upgrades and rejuvenation works. Exploration and development activities in the upstream sector are expected to contribute to continued security and reliability of Brunei Darussalam’s LNG supply by unlocking new and large natural gas resources.

These matters remain under the supervision and regulation of the MEMI, which hopes to enhance the LNG value chain and ecosystem for developments and further investments in the sector, while strengthening the upstream and downstream energy sectors.

Ambassador of Brunei Darus-salam to Japan Haji Shahbudin bin Haji Musa and Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the MEMI Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya were also present.