In a historic move shaping the future of Malaysia’s energy landscape, Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC, widely known as Masdar, has inked a monumental Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). Under this transformative agreement, Masdar, the UAE’s leading clean energy entity, commits a staggering US$8 billion investment towards developing up to 10 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy projects. This strategic alliance is poised to significantly bolster Malaysia’s sustainable energy revolution.
The collaboration, celebrated as a pivotal milestone in Malaysia’s quest for a greener tomorrow, will see MIDA playing a key role in facilitating Masdar’s initiatives. The ambitious project, slated to be realized by 2035, encompasses a diverse array of renewable energy endeavors, including ground-mounted, rooftop, and floating solar power installations, onshore wind farms, and cutting-edge battery energy storage systems.
The signing ceremony, graced by esteemed dignitaries, witnessed the presence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, The Honorable Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and eminent UAE figures including HE Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Chairman of Masdar, and COP28 President-Designate. Also in attendance were HE Ahmed bin Ali Al Sayegh, UAE Minister of State, Malaysia’s Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI) HE Senator Tengku Datuk Seri Utama Zafrul Aziz, Malaysia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Dato’ Seri Diraja Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, and the Ambassador of Malaysia to the UAE, HE Datuk Seri Ahmad Fadil bin Shamsuddin.
The MoU was signed by Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, and Datuk Wira Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA.
HE Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Chairman of Masdar and COP28 President-Designate, said “This important agreement will see the UAE and Malaysia deepen our partnership in the development of renewable energy, directly supporting the nation’s National Energy Transition Roadmap. Ahead of the UAE hosting COP28, it further demonstrates Masdar’s and the UAE’s commitment to supporting countries across the world, decarbonizing economies at home and abroad, for a just and inclusive energy transition.”
HE Senator Tengku Datuk Seri Utama Zafrul Aziz, the MITI Minister said, “It is imperative that we further strengthen Malaysia-UAE bilateral ties and relationship across various industries to help us navigate global uncertainties and identify opportunities that are of mutual benefit to both nations. The UAE – particularly through Masdar – has set a commendable example in its national pursuit of sustainability, with its recognized leadership in clean energy, low-carbon and nature-based solutions. As such, we welcome Masdar’s potential investment of up to USD8 billion, with a capacity of up to 10GW in Malaysia’s renewable energy sector. This MIDA-Masdar collaboration is in perfect alignment with the objectives stipulated in our New Industrial Master Plan 2030 and the National Energy Transition Roadmap in achieving sustainability and energy security for Malaysia’s industrial transformation.”
Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, added “As a global clean energy pioneer with a proven track record in the commercialization and deployment of renewable and clean energy projects, Masdar is proud to play our part in helping Malaysia achieve its ambitious target of 70 percent renewable energy installed capacity and net-zero emissions by 2050. We will bring all our expertise in delivering robust projects, that utilize cutting-edge technologies and generate much needed energy efficiently, to advance Malaysia’s renewable energy goals.”
Datuk Wira Arham Abdul Rahman, the Chief Executive Officer of MIDA, commented: “Our partnership with Masdar represents a pivotal stride in realizing Malaysia’s sustainable energy aspirations. It underscores our commitment to driving positive change and embracing the transition towards a greener, more sustainable future. MIDA has proactively and enthusiastically engaged with industry partners in the country to foster innovation and cultivate solutions that are aimed at reducing carbon emissions. Our efforts are not limited to the present; they extend into the future, as we recognize the growing importance of renewable energy sources.”