KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will have the country's first geothermal plant by 2014 as the State taps into environmental-friendly energy to feed the growing needs.
Yesterday, Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) and Tawau Green Energy (TGE) entered into an agreement called the renewable energy power purchase agreement (REPPA) .
The ceremony commenced with Andrew S.R Amaladoss, Project Director of TGE, Ramzi Raad, Managing Director of TGE, Datuk Baharin Din, Managing Director of SESB and Zunaidah Osman, company secretary of SESB signing the documents.
The historic event was witnessed by Datuk Masidi Manjun, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Tan Sri Leo Moggie, Chairman of SESB and Dato Sri Che Khalib Mohammad Noh, President and CEO of TNB.
According to Amaladoss, the energy is not only renewable but also one of the most environment-friendly energy technologies available today.
The carbon print of geothermal power is 65 times lesser than coal, 49 times lesser than fossil oil and 40 times lesser than natural gas.
He also said that if well-maintained the reservoir can be sustained for the next 100 years.
Work to the plant in Apas will kick off today with completion date for September 2016.
Based on the terms of the agreement, the generation plant with its capacity of 30MW will be incorporated into SESB's Grid, utilizing the 132kV lines into Tawau and Kalumpang for a period of 21 years.
The project cost is estimated to cost almost RM572 million and will be financed by local financial institutions on a conventional project financing basis.
Source from: New Sabah Times
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