Hydrogen bus at Hydrogen Refueling station.

KUCHING: Sarawak will continue to pursue the production of clean hydrogen despite less than optimistic views from some quarters, asserted Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“When the opposition said hydrogen is an infant industry, I produced a document outlining the European Union’s (EU) hydrogen strategy which stated that hydrogen will be $11 trillion economy between 2030 and 2050.

“The demand is now for clean hydrogen from renewable energy which is part of green technology. We have the potential as we have vast resources in terms of water in Murum, Batang Ai and in Baleh.

“From the $11 trillion, maybe we can get a small portion of that, say $1 trillion – just imagine how much our income will be,” he said during an interview on post Budget 2021 with TVS on Thursday night.

Abang Johari said the world is now looking for its next renewable energy source to preserve the environment by reducing carbon emissions.

He also said Sarawak’s hydrogen potential is recognised by foreign investors and a few of them have expressed their interest in hydrogen produced in the state.

“Japan is now expressing their interest to work with us to buy back the hydrogen from us.

“That is why there was a recent agreement made between Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), Sumitomo and Nippon Oil to produce hydrogen.

“We are also collaborating with Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) for its exploration,” he said.