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Bandar Seri Begawan, August 22, 2019 - More than 60 Delegates from BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area) member countries convened in Bandar Seri Begawan for the 7th BIMP-EAGA Power and Energy Infrastructure Cluster (PEIC) Meeting on 22nd August 2019. Hosted by the Department of Electrical Services (DES) of the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI), the meeting had been preceded by a workshop on 21st August 2019. Present as the Guest of Honour at the opening session of the meeting was Yang Mulia Dayang Hajah Tutiaty binti Haji Abdul Wahab, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Corporate and Industry) at the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry.
Also in attendance were officials from the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry, the Department of Electrical Services, BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Centre and the BIMP-EAGA Business Council.
The Meeting aims to foster co-operation among its member countries in a collective effort to strengthen regional energy security through the development of power interconnection, promote joint project development, human resource cooperation, research and development, and improve the quality and reliability of the electricity supply system.
As Brunei Darussalam holds the current Chairmanship of BIMP-EAGA Power and Energy Infrastructure Cluster (PEIC), the meeting was chaired by Yang Mulia Awang Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, Acting Director of the Department of Electrical Services of the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry, Brunei Darussalam. The meeting discussed the updates and the deliverables of BIMP-EAGA PEIC projects for the financial year 2018/2019. This includes a focus on its four strategic priorities- Strategic Priority 1: Develop approaches to intensify involvement of the local governments, power utilities and private sector; Strategic Priority 2: Provide a conducive environment to encourage energy-related investments by the national government; Strategic Priority 3: Enhance cooperation and strengthen implementation of renewable energy development and improve energy access in rural areas and Strategic Priority 4: Promote energy efficiency and conservation.
The Guest of Honour, Yang Mulia Hajah Tutiaty binti Haji Abdul Wahab in her welcoming remarks highlighted that the power interconnection projects were key in realising a resilient, inclusive, sustainable and economically competitive BIMP-EAGA sub-region. She added that these projects were key in realising the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025, and that increased deployment of Renewable Energy projects, including solar plays an important role to this end.
Prior to the meeting, a workshop titled "Solar PV Levelized Cost of Electricity" was conducted on 21st August 2019 under the auspicies of the 7th BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines East Asean Growth Area) Power and Energy Infrastructure Cluster (PEIC). Conducted by experts from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Mr. Carlos Ruiz and Mr. Juan Gabriel Castellanos Vasconez, the workshop aimed to provide a platform to asses and share the challenges and setbacks faced by Renewable Energy (RE) projects and apply the RE project development tools. During the workshop, the participants were briefed on project financing and methods in evaluating performance.
During the workshop, Yang Mulia Pengiran Haji Jamra Weira bin Pengiran Haji Petra, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Energy and Power) of the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry in his Welcoming Remarks called upon the workshop participants to take advantage of the opportunity of learning from the IRENA experts. He further added that solar energy resources within the BIMP-EAGA region remain untapped, and expressed hope that the workshop would encourage solar PV project development and deployment within the sub-region.
The workshop was attended by 35 participants, representing the 4 member-countries of BIMP-EAGA and a number of local and regional companies and organizations including various government agencies, higher education institutions, Brunei's oil and gas operators, relevant statutory bodies and the Brunei Darussalam BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BDBEBC).
The BIMP-EAGA was established in 1994 as a sub-regional cooperation initiative to address and accelerate socioeconomic development of its four member countries. Categorized under the BIMP-EAGA connectivity pillar, the outcome of the BIMP-EAGA PEIC meeting and proposed recommendations will be reported to the BIMP-EAGA Senior Officials Meeting.