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Even Africa reports on Sabah's cancellation of Coal Power

Malaysia scraps Sabah coal power plant project
Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:07am GMT

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KUALA LUMPUR Feb 17 (Reuters) - Malaysia's federal and Sabah state
governments have scrapped a plan to build a coal-fired power plant
meant to meet the state's energy needs, the Star newspaper reported on

Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman said national power producer Tenaga
Nasional and national oil corporation Petroliam Nasional Bhd
(Petronas) have been asked to come up with an alternative solution to
replace the proposed 300-megawatt coal-fired plant in Lahad Datu.

"Sabah needs to increase its power supply to meet the increasing
development but the state cannot afford to put its natural environment
at risk," he said.

Environmental groups campaigned against the building of the power
plant after it was proposed in 2007. (Reporting by Julie Goh)

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