Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Maximus And Brunei Counterpart Discuss Bilateral Cooperation

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM (March 25, 2014): Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili, held a bilateral meeting with his counterpart Pehin Dato Dr Mohammad Yasmin Umar at the sidelines of the Brunei Energy Week here.

 

Dr Maximus shaking hands with Brunei Energy Minister Pehin Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yasmin Umar after their meeting. 

The two discussed areas of mutual interest where bilateral cooperation and partnership can be enhance between Malaysia and the oil-rich sultanate.

During their discussion, Pehin Dato Mohammad Yasmin said Brunei was keen to develop renewable energy projects including hydroelectricity and wished to learn from Malaysia’s experience in this area.

He said Brunei proposed to export electricity to Sipitang, Sabah from a hydro power plant proposed to be built in partnership with the Sarawak government.

As such, he hoped to visit the Bakun hydroelectricity project in Sarawak soon.

Pehin Dato Mohammad Yasmin added that this would promote interconnectivity between Brunei and Sabah, especially as both are close neighbours.

“We are neighbours and good friends and can work together a lot more including on Sabah-Brunei interconnection,” he said, adding that the bridge connecting Bandar in Brunei and Temburong in Sabah is expected to be ready in 2017.

Dr Ongkili commended Brunei for its industry-driven training for the youths to match human resource for its oil and gas industry. He said Malaysia could learn from what Brunei is doing in this area to encourage the youths to have careers in oil and gas and energy.

“Malaysia and Brunei can also increase cooperation such as in energy efficiency within the Asean framework. There is much to be shared as we learn from each other to enhance our energy efficiency initiatives,” said Dr Ongkili who also presented a keynote address at the inaugural Brunei National Energy Research Institute (BNERI) International Annual Conference themed “Future Secure and Sustainable Energy Landscape of Brunei” held in conjunction with Brunei Energy Week.

In his speech Dr Ongkili said that Asean countries have also stepped up cooperation in energy with various initiatives promoted including the Asean Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation for 2016-2020, which is expected to be tabled at the Energy Ministers Meeting in 2015, the same year the Asean Economic Community is to be implemented.

He said that Asean thus needed to further expedite the various initiatives under the grouping, especially connectivity projects like the Asean Power Grid (APG) and Trans-Asean Gas Pipeline (TAGP). The latter will connect Sabah and Sarawak with Brunei and Indonesia to form a Pan-Borneo  electricity network, thus forging closer bilateral relationship between the three countries.

Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah shaking hands with Dr Maximus who lead the Malaysian delegation to the Brunei Energy Week 2014. His  Majesty opened the event and launched his country's Energy White Paper and Brunei Oil & Gas Book.

His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei visiting the TNB booth at the exhibition area of the BruneiEnergy Week.