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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Geothermal Power Project in Tawau first in Country

KOTA KINABALU: The Apas Kiri Geothermal Power Project in Tawau will be the first of its kind in Sabah and Malaysia. According to Tawau Green Energy Sdn Bhd's project director, Andrew Amaladoss in a half-day seminar explaining on the technology at a hotel near here yesterday, the project costing RM572 million will be contributing 1.16 percent or 36 Mega Watt (M We) of power to Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) by 2016.

    He added that there were three main components in the Geothermal Power Plant project in Tawau. These are the Geothermal Exploration and Steamfield Design which encompasses geological, geophysical and geochemical surveys; exploratory drilling followed by production wells to bring the hot fluid above ground for steam production. The second is the power plant consisting of a 1x36MW steam turbine generator, with inlet steam produced from geothermal souce via single-flash technology. And finally, the interconnection design/transmission lines and substations whereby the power plant will be connected to the SESB grid through the new Andrassy 132kV/33kV Main Intake Substation, via 132 kV interconnection to Tawau Main Intake Substation and Kalumpang Main Intake Substation. Andrew also mentioned the milestone that they have so far accomplished with regards to the project.
   
    These include the receipt of the approval from the Special Committee on Renewable Energy (SCORE) under the Small Renewable Energy Programme (SREP) on April 21, 2011; Occupation permit approval from the Sabah Forestry Department on May 5, 2011; the signing of the Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement (ERPA) with Perenia Australia on August 9, 2011, and the agreement with SESB on November 2011 on the Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement (REPPA). Additionally, it also received the facilitation fund agreement for grant of RM35 million to cover the cost of access road signed with the Malaysian government and Bank Pembangunan Malaysia on May 25, this year; the signing of the land lease agreement with Sabah Parks for 50 years on August 17 and the submission of the prerequisite documentation for the project to UNFCCC on August 20 for its final registration.

    On the project development, Andrew said that they had signed an exclusivity agreement with Alstom Mexicana to cover design, construction, testing and commissioning of power plant (1x36MW steam turbine generator, with inlet steam produced from geothermal source via single-flash technology). They have also completed the conceptual design. The final design will be done after confirmation of steam condition (resource confirmation study). He added that they would enter into an Operations and Maintenance Agreement with Alstom Mexicana for five years. On the steam field design, he said they were waiting for the reconfirmation from the geological, geophysical and geochemical surveys that were ongoing. He added that after that, two exploration wells of approximately 2000 meters deep will be following suit. And to carry out their work, they need to access the project site, he said.

    " To enable access to the project site and for the transport of drilling rig, plant and equipment, an access road of approximately 18km in length, including three bridges, needs to be constructed. About 60 percent of the 18km road has been opened already and is expected to be completed in two months time," he said.

Source from: The Borneo Post
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