Project Site Visit by Minister of Energy, Green Technology & Water, YB Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus J. Ongkili and delegation
A delegation led by Minister of Energy, Green Technology & Water, YB Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus J. Ongkili visited TGE's project site on 27 July 2013, followed by a short briefing on the geothermal project. The delegation included:
YB Datuk Dr. Joachim Gunsalam, Assistant Minister of Local Government & Housing, Sabah;
Datuk Loo Took Gee, Secretary-General of the Energy Ministry;
Tan Sri Dr. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, Chairman of the Energy Commission;
Datuk Ir. Ahmad Fauzi Hasan, CEO of the Energy Commission;
Datuk Wira Ir. Azman Mohd, CEO of Tenaga Nasional Berhad;
Ir. Ali Askar Sher Mohamad, COO of SEDA;
and senior officials from these organizations, agencies and Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd. (SESB). The delegation was welcomed by Mr Ramzi Raad, Managing Director of TGE, at the Apas Kiri geothermal manifestations, where they were able to see for themselves a newly discovered traventine terrace. The discovery has further reinforced the avaibility of a fairly large geothermal reservoir at Apas Kiri.
The delegation then proceeded to the power plant site, where they were briefed on the project background by Ir. Andrew Amaladoss, Project Director of TGE, current activities and issues and challenges being faced in the project implementation. The Minister, in his speech following the briefing reiterated the Federal Government's continued support for this green and environmentally-friendly power project and its contribution towards reliable power generation capacity for the SESB Grid, especially in the East Coast. He further announced that geothermal energy will soon be included as a renewable energy technology under the Renewable Energy Act 2011 and that the Feed-in-Tariff rate for the project will be announced shortly. He also called on TGE to set up a Geothermal Energy Training Centre to provide hands-on training in geology, geophysics and geochemistry to locals keen to pursue careers in these fields.