Sarawak Energy Plays Host to HAPUA Generation and Renewable Energy Workshop

Kuching, 27 October 2013: Sarawak Energy played host to the HAPUA Working Group 1, on Generation and Renewable Energy which took place from 23 to 25 October at Menara Sarawak Energy.  

HAPUA (Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities) is an international organization established in 1981 with the founding members of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.  HAPUA aims to enhance bilateral relationships between its member nations and serve as a centre for information as well as promote and distribute relevant information in the field of energy within the ASEAN region.  

The three-day program focused on CO2 Emission reduction and Large Scale renewable Energy Project.  A number of 24 international delegates from around the ASEAN region, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam took part in the workshop and they were joined by 30 internal participants from Sarawak Energy.

Officiating the opening of the workshop was Puan Aisah Eden, Sarawak Energy’s Chief of Corporate Services.  In her welcoming speech, she said:  “this program is aimed to lift the profile of large scale renewable energy projects in the ASEAN region, ensuring that they receive commensurate amount of attention. Understanding the benefits, obstacles and challenges shall guide us in appreciating the role of large scale renewable energy resources in meeting our energy needs and environmental goals sustainably.”

The event was part of HAPUA’s series of workshops aimed to foster better relations among power utility providers in the ASEAN region and served as a platform to discuss related topics.  

HAPUA comprised of five working groups, with each one focusing on a specific area within the energy industry.  The Working Groups are Transmission, Distribution and Power Quality & Reliability (PQR), Policy Studies & Commercial Development, Human Resources and Generation and Renewable Energy.  This year’s event was initiated by the Generation and Renewable Energy Working Group.

There were two days of workshops led by Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Sarawak Energy respectively.  On day one, presentations and discussions were focused on the topic of "Management and Policy of Renewable Energy within the ASEAN Region", while day two focused on "Lifting the Profile of Large Scale Renewable Energy".

On the last day (day three) of the program, the participants were brought on a tour to interesting places in Kuching, including the Sarawak Culture Village.