The facility includes a plant built by Sarawak Energy that produces hydrogen through an electro-chemical process called electrolysis, as well as a refueling station for Sarawak’s first hydrogen fuel cell electric buses under the ownership and management of Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC).
These two facilities, built in 2017, were completed in less than 2 years at a cost of RM10 million allocated by the state government. Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg, who launched the facility and also proposed the construction, said the idea was first raised given Sarawak’s competitive advantage in affordable and renewable power and ample water supply, as well as on the understanding that hydrogen would play a significant role in the future for mobility.
Construction and operation of the hydrogen production plant and refueling station was undertaken by Sarawak Energy in collaboration with Linde EOX Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Linde Malaysia. Linde Group is a leading industrial gas and engineering company based in Germany.
The production plant is able to produce 130kg of hydrogen per day at a purity of 99.999% (five 9s) and is capable of supporting and fully refueling up to five fuel cell buses and ten fuel cell cars per day. In addition, the plant’s medium-pressure tank can store up to 150kg of hydrogen at a pressure of 500 bar while the high-pressure tank can store up to 19kg of hydrogen at a pressure of 900 bar. Each refueling station will supply diesel, gasoline and hydrogen to fuel cell vehicles.
Also during the opening of the plant and refueling station, three hydrogen fuel cell buses were acquired by SEDC through a partnership with China’s Foshan Feichi Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
According to sarawakenergy.com