Thursday, March 7, 2013

Natural gas as an alternative source of energy

Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Yee Moh Chai (centre) attended the half-day talk on Alternative Energy Sources. He is accompanied by President of the Institute of Engineers Malaysia Sabah (IEM) Lo Chong Chiun (left) and CEO of Sabah Energy Corporation Harun Ismail (right)

As the scarcity of energy becomes increasingly more pressing  worldwide today, the search for an alternative and renewable energy source intensifies.

Government-linked Sabah Energy Corporation, which is at the forefront of the natural gas sector in Sabah, organised a talk on the "Alternative Energy Source - Compressed Natural Gas" today. Many engineers and stakeholders of the natural gas sector attended the talk.

In his welcoming remarks, Deputy Chief Minister cum Minister of Resource Development and Information Technolgy Datuk Dr. Yee Moh Chai said the discussion on finding an alternative source of energy is is particularly relevant for Sabah as the state has a large natural gas reserve.

He said with more than 12 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves, Sabah is able to fuel the growth of various industries over a few decades.

Dr. Yee told the meeting  that a renewable energy source is not only important in the light of the increased cost of energy, it is also in line with the growing environmental awareness of the  need to switch to energy that is environmentally friendly.

Natural gas is a hydrocarbon gas that is lighter than air. It is a clean alternative as it produces relatively low pollutants and has fewer emissions than coal or oil.

Natural gas is relatively cheap as the natural gas market is still not a global one.

The promotion of natural gas usage is consistent with the government's five-fuel policy that is aimed at avoiding over dependence on a single energy source. - Insight Sabah


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