Nov 27, 2009: "The minister of energy, Peter Chin Fah Kui mentioned that
bakun power is need in Peninsular Malaysia. Have he ever thought that Sabah
is also in need of Bakun power from Sarawak as a viable alternative to dirty
coal-powered plant. This is the kind of double standard practised and so
from his Blog) November 25, 2009: There is much
debate recently on this question and I do not think that it will stop just
because of this posting. Still as Minister of Energy, I must try to convey
to readers of this Blog how I feel about the subject matter and hopefully
provide some facts and to an extent some intelligent answers.
Let me begin from this point of view. Bakun power is needed for Peninsular
Malaysia based on the following reasons:
•to ensure security of supply after 2015. Presently, there is a healthy
generation surplus margin of nearly 50% and this margin will drop to 25% by
the year 2015 as electricity demand will grow by 3 to 4 percent a year and
there is no 'plant-up' plans from now until 2015.
•to reduce dependency on fossil fuels which currently supply 90% of the
power generation fuels in Peninsular Malaysia thus it is too dangerous to
depend on this two rather limited and expansive fuel sources.
•to ensure a reliable source of supply for the Peninsular as the Government
is of the view that Bakun presents almost no fuel supply risks.
•to provide a comparatively cheaper source of energy for the Peninsular
consumers since the life cycle analysis of electricity generation costs,
Bakun power is still cheaper.
Of course, there are other permutations as to costs of transmission, safety
issues and even economic risks as well. And there are yet others who argue
that Bakun power should be allowed to stay in Sarawak and not brought over
to Peninsular Malaysia. As I said earlier, the debate is not going to end
with this posting. I am sure there will be other venues and opportunities
for such debates to be done and conclusions drawn.
On the part of the Government, a decision on the matter has to be made. For
reasons given above as well as the fact that the Federal Government has sunk
in the capital investments, it has been decided that there is a necessity to
bring Bakun power (1,700 MW) to Peninsular Malaysia commencing 2015 when the
two submarine cables have been properly laid and becoming functional. This
is as seen from the Federal agencies' point of view and I am sure there will
be other views. I am prepared to hear those who may not agree.
by Peter Chin Fah Kui, Federal
Minister of Energy in his
SAPP: Then...how important is Bakun
power to Sabah?
"It actually vindicates SAPP's
arguments that we do not need the proposed coal power plant because there
are viable alternatives. One of the alternatives is the transmission of
power from Bakun to Sabah"