Thursday, May 17, 2012

RM419 mln Tawau Geothermal Power Plant ready by 2015

TAWAU: The phase one of Tawau Green Energy Geothermal Power Plant involving generating capacity of 36MW is expected to be completed in 2015.
The power plant at Apas Kiri, which is the first renewable and sustainable project of its kind in Malaysia, will supply 30MW to the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) grid.
Sustainable Energy Development Authority of Malaysia (SEDA Malaysia) chairman Tan Sri Dr Fong Chan Onn, who visited the project site yesterday, said  the plant will be Malaysia’s first grid-connected geothermal power plant.
Fong said the renewable power plant is a unique prospect in the district and it is also acceptable to everyone in the community.
The project undertaken by Tawau Green Energy Sdn Bhd (TGE)  will reduce the utilization of fossil fuel for power generation in the state grid in line with Malaysia’s sustainable development policy and global greenhouse gas emission reduction.
According to Fong, the process of producing electricity with a geothermal power plant is similar to other thermal power plants that use coal, oil or gas except that it does not require burning any fuel.
Instead, geothermal plant utilizes energy from the natural steam and hot water drawn from the geothermal reservoir, he explained.
The geothermal power plant is a form of green energy which does not require any fuel burning or combustion to produce heat or electricity, he said.
It emits little carbon dioxide, no nitrogen dioxide and very low amounts of sulfur dioxide, he added.
The project is estimated to cost RM419 million and it has also qualified to receive a grant of RM35million from the Private-Public Partnership Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department for the access road and water treatment plant.


Anonymous said...

Proud to see our state govt is emphasizing on sustainable energy development in Sabah. Hope to see this project succeed.

Sanih Alias said...

This power plant can help little bit problem with the electric shortage problem in Sabah.

Smookiekins said...

Geothermal electricity is electricity generated from geothermal energy. Technologies in use include dry steam power plants, flash steam power plants and binary cycle power plants.

Smookiekins said...

Estimates of the electricity generating potential of geothermal energy vary from 35 to 2,000 GW. Current worldwide installed capacity is 10,715 megawatts (MW), with the largest capacity in the United States (3,086 MW), Philippines, and Indonesia.

Green Sabah said...

I'm glad that the Sabah State government is making an effort to introduce green and sustainable energy in Sabah to resolve the energy woes but still maintain our green environment.

Green Sabah said...

The Tawau Geothermal Power Plant could help generate 36MW of electricity which can help resolve the electricity woes in the state. Hope that it will be set up as planned by 2015.

Green Sabah said...

The Geothermal Power Plant is the first of its kind in the country, if this project is successful, more states will start to adapt this technology as well.

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