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Asahi Kasei, Gentari, and JGC sign MOU on FEED study for 60 MW class alkaline water electrolyzer to produce green hydrogen in Malaysia

Asahi Kasei, Gentari Hydrogen Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PETRONAS clean energy arm Gentari Sdn Bhd (Gentari), and JGC Holdings Corporation (JGC) have completed a detailed feasibility study for production of up to 8,000 tonnes per year of green hydrogen using a 60 megawatt (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 project. This 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 for start-up in 2027.

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. 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 decarbonisation 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.

—Michèle Azalbert, Gentari’s Chief Hydrogen Officer

Gentari’s global 2030 aspiration is to achieve 30-40 GW of installed capacity in renewable energy, up to 1.2 million tonnes per year of clean hydrogen, and more than 10% share of the public charging points and Vehicle-as-a-Service market across key countries in the Asia-Pacific region.


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