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New ASEAN Energy and ACTUAL sign cooperation agreement to develop net-zero plan for the new $5-B Pengerang Energy Complex

New ASEAN Energy and ACTUAL have formed an agreement, leveraging ACTUAL’s AI-driven capital planning technology to develop a comprehensive net-zero emissions strategy for The Pengerang Energy Complex.

PEC is set to be one of the world’s largest and most competitive integrated condensate splitter and aromatics facilities. Having signed over $102B USD of off-take agreements with several blue-chip energy providers, including Equinor, Chevron, PTT, and Mitsui, PEC is anticipated to have higher margins and a materially lower environmental footprint than similar plants.

PEC's outputs are strategically important for industries including textiles, bottling, housing, and pharmaceuticals. PEC is poised to set industry-leading benchmarks, achieving the lowest carbon footprint per ton of Paraxylene (PX) produced by any facility globally, thereby delivering best-in-class performance across many materials. The Agreement between NAE and ACTUAL focuses on building a scientifically and technologically credible transition plan leveraging ACTUAL’s AI-driven capital planning technology.

The plan seeks to improve PEC's environmental performance further to move it towards becoming one of the first net-zero facilities globally.

Decarbonizing complex plants like PEC requires a multi-layered approach. ACTUAL and NAE plan to iteratively investigate several strategies, such as the construction of green renewable power plants for facility operations; blue and green hydrogen production; native green feedstocks for the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF); carbon capture technologies such as the use of mineralization or algae; alternative sources for industrial heat such as geothermal, among many others.

"ACTUAL’s technology was designed for exactly this kind of important effort — decarbonizing industries critical to our economy and resilience,” said Karthik Balakrishnan, co-founder of ACTUAL. “We are excited to collaborate with NAE to build scientifically valid capital plans that could set PEC on the path towards net zero.”

“With our focus on investing in and operating high-margin, low-carbon facilities in Southeast Asia, engaging with new and innovative ways to improve our sustainability posture is critical,” said William I.Y. Byun, CEO of NAE. “This collaboration is exciting because of the potential to show a clear, articulate pathway towards net zero for one of the premier new facilities in the region.”


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