SAPP Yes to gas-powered but No to coal-fired
KINABALU, May 30, 2009: Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) should consider
building gas-powered power plant so as to address the decades long
energy problems all over the State, said Sabah Progressive Party
Gas-powered power plant is the best option to overcome the
perennial problems as it is eco-friendly and cheap, said SAPP
Information Chief Chong Pit Fah.
"Sabah is the major natural gas producer in the country so there is
no reason not to consider building such plant here rather than
wasting funds with coal-fired power plant," he said in a statement,
He said coal-fired power plant could invite many problems like
sickness to the people residing at surrounding areas and the workers
are not spared off.
Pit Fah further said that coal supplies are also another factor
as importing the commodity is not economical.
He said the people would certainly not understand with TNB for
favouring coal-fired power plant.
"We could save lots of money with gas-powered power plant because
gas supply readily available. But huge sums could go down the drain
with coal-fired power plant as we have to rely on imported coal," he
He said there is also no reason for the Federal Government to
channel all the gas from Sabah to Sarawak for processing at Bintulu
and later export it to Japan.
He said some part of the processed gas should be channeled back to
Sabah for power plant usage, which could save the government's
"Moreover we do not have to worry about gas supplies because we are
the producer. Coal supplies could lead us to major headache if
prices escalate and exporting countries like China and Indonesia
could not fulfill demands," he said.
He said the people here are also wonder reasons behind TNB
reluctance to channel energy from Bakun dam or Murun dam, both in
Sarawak, to Sabah.
He said TNB should explain to the people why it can commit itself
to supply Bakun hydro power to peninsula and Kalimantan but cannot
commit anything to Sabah.
He added that TNB's refusal to commit showed the Barisan Nasional (BN)
government was discriminating Sabah in all matters, and energy
supply is one fine example.
He also welcome TNB Chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie's recent statement
that the utility company is now in talks with Petronas and relevant
government agencies to initiate the development of a gas-powered
power plant in Kimanis.
Chong said the involved parties should speed ups the gas-powered
power plant project as Sabah in dire needs of consistent and cheap
He said the TNB could later build another three gas-powered power
plants in Sabah with two plants be sited at the East Coast to
address energy problems over there.
He also called on TNB to speed up the construction of the two hydro
potentials in Sabah, namely the Upper Padas and Liwagu rivers.
He added that both hydros, which could generate huge energy, are
more reliable and safer when compared to coal-fired power plant.
Moggie in his recent statement also said "TNB are including these
for examination, if and when they should be implemented, to be put
in the system. These have not been formalised and firmed up in
As such, Pit Fah called on the State Government to push TNB to
formalise both hydro projects as soon as possible because it would
certainly benefit the people very much.