SEDA amazed at Malaysia's first geothermal electric power plant in Tawau
TAWAU: Officials from the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA), visiting Malaysia's first geothermal electric power plant project site, here, are amazed at its potentials to meet the nation's need for environment-friendly energy.
Its chairman, Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn said the first phase of the project costing RM572 million by Tawau Green Energy Sdn Bhd (TGE) was expected to be ready by the third quarter of 2016 with a capacity of 36MW.
"We do encourage the quick completion of the project because the production of 30MW is very significant for Tawau which requires about 80MW of electricity to meet demand," he told reporters in Apas Kiri, here, yesterday.
Meanwhile, project director Ir Andrew Amaladoss said the government, through the Public Private Partnership Unit, Prime Minister's Department had given a grant of RM35 million to build an access road to the site.
According to Amaladoss, TGE was now formulating plan for transmission lines from the site to the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) grid.
He said, based on studies, the second phase of the project, which would be implemented after the completion of the first phase, would be capable of generating 100MW of electricity.
The site, about 20km from Tawau, with an area of 12km square, was found by researchers from University Sains Malaysia, Penang and Universiti Indonesia who conducted a study in the area in 2008-2009.
Source from: New Sabah Times
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