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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Malaysia's first Geothermal Power Plant in Tawau

TAWAU: The state will have its own Geothermal Power Plant, which is also Malaysia's first, costing RM572 million to be located here.

Project director Ir. Andrew Amaladoss said the plan has been approved by the Federal and State governments and phase one of those constructions is expected to start the latest in October.

He said based on studies of an area at 40km Apas Road was identified to have the potential to generate 67 megawatts of electricity per day which is sufficient for local consumers.

Andrew said that research also showed that a "reservoir" located two-three kilometres underground with temperature as high as 370 degree Celsius is enough to generate electricity.

"We expect the project to complete in three years. One of the purposes is to help SESB produce 30 megawatts of electricity," he said during a meeting at Kampung Tass Andrassy here yesterday.

The project location is between Andrassy Forest reserve and Taman Bukit, and it will be environmental-friendly as it only produces steam.

Source from: New Sabah Times
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