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Asahi Kasei, Gentari, and JGC sign Malaysian hydrogen MoU

Asahi Kasei, Gentari, and JGC sign Malaysian hydrogen MoU
The MoU Signing Ceremony with Nobuko Uetake (left) Asahi Kasei; Michele Azalbert, Gentari; and Masahiro Aika, JGC (photo courtesy Asahi Kasei).

Japan-headed global developer of fiber products, chemicals, and electronics-related materials Asahi Kasei Corporation, Gentari Hydrogen Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gentari Sdn Bhd (Gentari), the clean energy arm of Malaysian energy major PETRONAS Group, Gentari Sdn Bhd (Gentari), and Japan-headed engineering and construction major JGC Holdings Corporation (JGC), have jointly announced the completion of a detailed feasibility study in Malaysia for production of up to 8,000 tonnes per year of green hydrogen using a 60 MW class alkaline water electrolyzer system.

The parties also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a front-end engineering design (FEED) study for the said project in Malaysia.

The project is supported by the Green Innovation Fund for Large-scale Alkaline Water Electrolysis System Development and Green Chemical Plant Project by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

Pursuant to the MoU, the parties are preparing for the FEED study to commence in January 2024. The operation is planned to start in 2027.

We are pleased to collaborate with these two companies on a project that will demonstrate to the world the practical application of green hydrogen. Asahi Kasei’s experience from demonstration experiments in Germany and managing a 10 MW electrolyzer in Japan for over three years will play a pivotal role in this project’s success, said Nobuko Uetake, Lead Executive Officer of Asahi Kasei and Senior General Manager of its Green Solution Project.

This collaboration between Asahi Kasei, Gentari, and JGC will advance the deployment of a 60 MW water electrolyzer paired with an integrated control system to produce green hydrogen.

I would like to express our sincere appreciation for the efforts to conclude this MoU. JGC Group is currently constructing a demonstration facility of clean ammonia production adjacent to Asahi Kasei’s electrolyzer at Namie-machi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, together with an integrated control system. We look forward to applying the lessons learned from the demonstration and to utilizing its technical outcomes toward the execution of this project in Malaysia, said Masahiro Aika, Senior Executive Officer, Technology Commercialization Officer, and General Manager of the Sustainability Co-creation Unit of JGC.

This commercial-scale project demonstrates the companies’ commitment to fostering markets for green hydrogen and establishing a foundation for regional green hydrogen production, aligning with the broader mission of decarbonization in Japan, Malaysia, and across Southeast Asia.

This strategic collaboration between Gentari, Asahi Kasei, and JGC, amplifies value for all involved. The project stands as a catalyst for advancing Malaysia’s hydrogen economy towards achieving its green hydrogen target of 200,000 tonnes per year by 2030, aligning with the National Energy Transition Roadmap and Hydrogen Economy and Technology Roadmap. Beyond this, Gentari is developing hydrogen projects with national and state entities to position Malaysia as the region’s leading hydrogen hub, leveraging PETRONAS assets and the country’s strategic advantages, said Michèle Azalbert, Chief Hydrogen Officer at Gentari.

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