A hydrogenation plant is being built in Brunei as part of the world’s first Global Hydrogen Supply Chain Demonstration Project.
Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, the former Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office first announced the pro- ject while delivering a keynote address at the First East Asia Energy Forum in August 2017.
In his keynote address, he said that under the first Hydrogen Supply Chain Demonstration Project, liq- uefied hydrogen will be transported from Brunei to Japan to fuel the cars to be used during the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Plans are also in place for expanding it into a com- mercial plant going forward. Speaking on the plant in an interview with the Borneo Bulletin, he said, “This is basically a plant that will produce hydrogen, and hydrogen will be the fuel for the future, because hydrogen fuel is zero emission. There is no carbon at all.”
Prior to this project there had not been a medium to ship hydrogen, he said. “A breakthrough only came a few years ago and now we have material that we can use on-board a tanker and with this material, you can transport the hydrogen.”
“In the future, people will not only use hydrogen for fuel of the car, they can also use it for electrical power, because it is a small system and it is very clean,” he added.
Construction will take place from August 2017 to December 2019, and operation will begin from January to December 2020.
The project will be constructed considering Phase II of the ‘Strategic Road Map for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells’, issued by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in 2014 and revised in 2016, and aims to realise Global Hydrogen Transport and Supply Technology for full-scale Hydrogen Power Generation around 2030.
The technology utilises hydrogen for emission-free power generation, which can contribute to fulfil the December 2015 COP21 Paris Agreement requir- ing greenhouse gas reductions to combat global warming.
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