Construction of nation's first eco-friendly power station to begin next year.
KOTA KINABALU: A project to build Malaysia's first environmental-friendly geothermal power station is on track with construction beginning early next year.
The RM572mil project, undertaken by local based Tawau Green Energy Sdn Bhd, is expected to eventually generate up to 100mW of power.
Project director Andrew Amaladoss said work was now focused on building an access road to the 1,200ha site located about 20km from the east coast town on Tawau.
"We are also engaging American experts to conduct subsurface studies that will start soon,: he said after a visit to the site by Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda), led by its chairman Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn.
Seda is the authority for all the renewable energy projects in the country.
Amaladoss said the detailed studies were needed before Tawau green Energy could drill its first geothermal well for the plant.
"Drilling a well is very expensive. We have to get it right as there is no room for trial and error," he said.
Amaladoss said the plant was expected to begin generating 36mW of electricity in the third quarter of 2016 and eventually, this would go up to 100mW.
Dr Fong said Seda wanted the project to be completed fast.
"The production of 30mW of electricity is very significant for Tawau which needs 80mW of power," he said.
The site was discovered by Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Indonesia researchers who undertook a study of the area in 2008.
Source from: The Star
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