Tuesday, May 1, 2012

TNB sets aside RM9.7bil to raise generating capacity

HULU TERENGGANU: Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) will spend about RM9.7bil in the next five years to increase electricity generating capacity in Malaysia.

President/chief executive officer Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh said that a major portion of the investment until 2017 was to build several power stations whose locations had been identified.

Among the stations under construction are the Manjung Sultan Azlan Shah Power Station in Perak (RM6bil), a hydroelectric power plant in Hulu Terengganu (RM1.6bil) and Hulu Jelai in Pahang (RM2.1bil).

An independent power producer plans to build a coal-fired plant in Tanjung Bin, Johor, costing RM6bil and it is slated for completion in 2016.

“This means in the next five years, the new projects will give TNB additional generation capacity of 2,000 MW using coal and 630 MW using hydro.

“On average, TNB spends almost RM2bil annually to generate power for the country, and this doesn’t include other projects such as shipments and so on,” Che Khalib told reporters at the Terengganu river water diversion ceremony for the Hulu Terengganu hydroelectric project yesterday.

Che Khalib said TNB’s generating capacity currently was 20,000 MW, with 12,000 MW using gas, 7,000 MW coal and 1,500 MW hydro.

He said the Hulu Terengganu hydro project, expected to be completed end-2015, would be able to generate 250 MW. — Bernama


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