International Energy Week 2022
By:News Desk

Creating commercial possibilities through technology, innovation

By Kelly Ting Swee Shuen 

The International Energy Week 2022 (IEW 2022) was back this year to promote new business prospects that focused on creating commercial possibilities through technology and innovation.

The fifth edition of the expo was held in the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) from November 22 to 24, with “Energising Digital Transformation” as the theme chosen by the Sarawak government.

The IEW 2022, known as the largest international exhibition and conference for Malaysia’s oil and petroleum industry, was organised by AMB Tarsus Exhibitions Sdn Bhd, a renowned exhibition and conference organiser in the field.

The group, founded in 1996, has a diverse portfolio that includes food and beverage, building and construction, water, energy, security, agricultural, oil and gas, infrastructure, and automotive aftermarket industries. Over the years, it has taken pleasure in collaborating closely with regional organisations representing the industry and in providing tangible outcomes and returns on investments for exhibiting and participating businesses.

In recent years, the Sarawak government has been dedicated to utilising the state’s abundant energy resources to accelerate its development by transforming the state into a digital hub. This transformation initiative is expected to lead to the creation of well-paying jobs and a high-value-added economy.

The IEW, held every two years, is the largest international exposition and conference for Malaysia’s energy and petroleum sectors, bringing together senior government officials and key decision-makers. It is an integrated event that is certain to create countless opportunities for a wide spectrum of interested people and organisations.

The Industry Show, hosted by the Ministry of Utilities Sarawak, included associated events like the Conference and Technology Symposium, Asia Infrastructure 2022, Electro Power Asia 2022, and Petroleum Asia 2022. The development of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and the growth of its investment potential were also highlighted during this conference.The SCORE programme has led to significant investments in large-scale projects, and as its infrastructure is developed further, including the Samalaju Port, further high-value domestic and international investments are anticipated.

Besides SCORE, the progress and advantages of one of the most important factors in bringing about change in Sarawak, the Pan Borneo Highway project, were also discussed, along with other initiatives.

The Conference and Technology Symposium addressed the major problems and obstacles facing the sector and presented several chances to use energy to shift the economy. Additionally, it featured distinct sessions on infrastructural projects and explored subjects related to the growth of Sarawak’s energy sector.

The event was attended by major industry players such as Press Metal Sarawak, Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA), Sarawak Cable Berhad, Sarawak Energy Berhad, Petronas, Shell, ABB, Bintulu Port, Brooke Docyard, DIGI Telecommunications, DRB-Hicom, Larsen & Toubro (India), Lebuh Raya Borneo Utara, MOGSC, and OssbergerGmbh (Germany).

The IEW 2022 also served as a crucial platform to create new businesses, make alliances, and advance branding and market positioning, and was used by companies like Sclumberger, Serba Dinamik Group Berhad, Siemens, Sime Darby Industrial Sdn. Bhd., and TM One, among many others.

One of the exhibitors, senior manager at Sarawak Energy Berhad, Azahari Aliman said: “I am pleased with the helpfulness of the employees and the quality of the service. We will continue to support this programme because we have faith that it will eventually develop into a reliable regional platform for the energy sector.”

Meanwhile, Amal Mansor, a Shell Malaysia representative, mentioned that “This exhibition hit all the right notes. The organiser is definitely aware of the needs of the business.”

Thousands of top government officials and corporate executives used the integrated energy show as a venue to look into new cooperation and commercial prospects. With enormous oil and gas reserves, plentiful hydropower, and the government’s SCORE initiative all appearing to be driving Sarawak’s economy toward development, the energy and petroleum industries in Malaysia and the surrounding areas focus heavily on Sarawak. There was a lot of room for expansion and plenty of investment opportunities.

A prestigious energy event, IEW 2022 focused primarily on the energy, oil, and gas sectors, as well as the power sectors, in Sarawak and ultimately Malaysia. Trade experts and participants from all over Malaysia have attended this conference, which focused on creating commercial possibilities through technology, and innovation.

This article was written by a student from the Strategic Communication Programme at the Faculty of Language and Communication, UNIMAS.

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