The Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry, Yang Berhormat Dato Dr Awang Hj Mat Suny bin Haji Md Hussein, 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. These comprised of the 2nd Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting in the morning of 25th September 2019, the International Conference on Carbon Recycling 2019 in the afternoon of 25th September 2019 and the LNG Producer – Consumer Conference 2019 on 26th September 2019, organised by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan in partnership with various agencies.
Also present were His Excellency Awang Haji Shahbudin bin Haji Musa, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to Japan and Yang Mulia Awang Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya, Permanent Secretary (Energy), Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry.
The 2nd Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting brought together over 30 countries and organizations to discuss the progress of hydrogen energy-related technologies and the potential that hydrogen holds as a clean, safe and affordance source of energy worldwide. The Tokyo Statement for cooperation and support of the development of hydrogen energy was adopted during the 1st Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting last year. The Meeting emphasized the need to foster closer global collaboration to accelerate adoption and breakthroughs in hydrogen energy production to improve its cost-effectiveness.
Brunei Darussalam is currently participating in a 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 for an affordable means of global hydrogen transportation by repurposing into a form that allows it to shipped using conventional ISO containers 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 carbon recycling technologies that will allow carbon emissions and other carbon by-products to be converted into other usable materials and resources of value. This promotes the development of a circular economy and supports the global climate action agenda towards a decarbonized society. Discussions also touched on the introduction of a "Carbon Recycling Technology Roadmap", such as that which had been introduced by Japan in June 2019.
As part of the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry'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 maximization of resources are high on the Ministry's agenda.
Yang Berhormat Dato Dr Awang Hj Mat Suny bin Haji Md Hussein also joined other countries and analysts at the LNG Producer – Consumer Conference 2019 in saying that that while also keeping abreast of the growth of alternative and renewable sources of energy, cleaner fossil fuel sources such as LNG will continue to be important for several years to come as infrastructure and costs have yet to keep up. 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 Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry, 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.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md. Hussein, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry in a group photo during the 2nd Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting, Tokyo, Japan.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md. Hussein, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry during the International Conference on Carbon Recycling 2019, Tokyo, Japan.
Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md. Hussein, Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry in a group photo during the LNG Producer - Consumer Conference 2019, Tokyo, Japan.