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Contamination forces Sarawak's hydrogen plant to close



Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg fills a car with hydrogen fuel at the launch of Southeast Asia's first integrated hydrogen production plant in Kuching in May.

KUCHING: The hydrogen production plant and refueling station that supplied hydrogen for three hydrogen-fueled buses on a pilot run have been temporarily closed due to contamination.

Sarawak Energy group CEO Sharbini Suhaili, in a statement today, said liquid contaminants had been detected during the plant's performance test and the station was now temporarily offline.

He didn't say when this happened.

He said a team of experts from Linde EOX Sdn Bhd, selected as the technology partner and system integrator for the pilot project, was working closely with Sarawak Energy to address the issue.

The facility is still under warranty by Linde EOX Sdn Bhd, she said.

The three hydrogen buses underwent trial runs in the city in August and were slated to take to the streets to fully serve the public on Sept. 15. However, this did not happen.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg had launched Southeast Asia's first integrated hydrogen production plant, refueling station and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at Sarawak Energy here in May.

He said the state was also looking at setting up more hydrogen plants, adding that it is a cleaner form of energy that Sarawak can easily produce due to its adequate supply of water from which hydrogen can be extracted.

It was then reported that the new plant would be able to produce 130kg of hydrogen daily at a purity of 99.9%, as well as support and refuel up to five fuel cell buses and 10 fuel cell cars per day.


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