Sunday, April 26, 2009

Fwd: Malaya will have cheap electricity but not Sarawak and Sabah

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From: "Ir. Hj. Othman bin Hj. Ahmad" <>
Date: Apr 27, 10:49 am
Subject: Malaya will have cheap electricity but not Sarawak and Sabah
To: soc.culture.malaysia

Malaya does not need to build polluting power plants but Sarawak and
Sabah will still need to build polluting coal powered plants despite
being so near to Bakun compared to Malaya, or is it Malaysia.

The resources of Sabah and Sarawak are only to be enjoyed by
Malaysians, but certainly Sabah and Sarawak had never been considered
as Malaysia.

Go-ahead for Sabah-Johor undersea electricity cable

MIRI: At least10,000megawatts of electricity from the RM6bill-Bakun
hydro-electric dam project in central Sarawak will be supplied to
peninsula Malaysia so that every states there will have adequate and
uninterrupted supply of power for households and industries.

The Cabinet has decided that the undersea-power transmission cable
project between the southern tip of Sarawak and Johor must proceed so
that energy from Bakun can be channeled via the bed of the South China
Sea to Johor and then to the rest of peninsula Malaysia.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui
said the Cabinet during its recent meeting agreed that it would be
better to undertake the undersea-power cable project rather than to
continue building new power plants in the peninsula states.

''Over the long term, it will be more economical and viable to
transmit power from Bakun to peninsula Malaysia even though the
undersea-cable project would be very costly.

''This project will ensure that folks in peninsula Malaysia get
constant and adequate supply of electricity at a rate that would be
much better compared to what they will have to pay if we (Government)
were to allow more power plants to be build in the states in the

''The costs of having to build more power plants in peninsula states
will be much more as compared to the costs of the undersea-cable
project,'' he said when interviewed after presenting grants for minor
projects at the Sarawak United People's Party here.

Chin said that the10,000MWs from Bakun should be enough to meet the
needs of the whole of the peninsula, but stressed that the amount
could be increased as and when the needs arise.

The great benefit of hydro-power is that it can be increased when
needed, he said, pointing out that Sarawak itself will have an
abundant source of hydro-power that will be enough to meet not just
the nation's needs, but also the needs of regional countries.

Asked who will handle the undersea-cable project, Chin said a joint-
venture would be undertaken by Tenaga Nasional Bhd and Sarawak
Elctricity Board to carry out the job.

The cost of the undersea-cable project has not been finalised as yet,
he said, adding that the rates at which power would be sold to the
peninsula is also being worked out.

Bakun is expected to be operational by2011.

''Sarawak will sell to Kalimantan, Sabah and even the southern
Philippines as well because there will be much electricity to be
generated not only from Bakun, but also from the other hydro-dams that
will be build under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE)
project,'' he said.

Chin said Sarawak will have the capacity to generate electricity
reserve of up to28,000Mws from the SCORE project.

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