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2010 Nov 27b - Coal plant a revenue killer, say NGOs

Coal plant a revenue killer, say NGOs

Nov 27, 2010: Plans to push ahead with the controversial coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu, Sabah, will do the state no favours in its bid to achieve international recognition for cutting carbon emissions, said a coalition of environmental NGOs.

Green Surf representative Wong Tack said in a statement that the state government had already announced plans to use carbon trading as an alternative to logging activities to generate revenue, while conserving key wildlife habitats.

"It doesn't make sense that we are trying to attract investments in carbon trading if we are going to have a coal plant at an eco-sensitive area. We don't deserve international support for conservation or investments for carbon trading if this is the case," he said.

The coalition was responding to a recent announcement in Tenaga Nasional Berhad's (TNB) 2010 annual report, stating that the national energy giant was going to submit a "revised" detailed environmental impact assessment (DEIA) report on the much-opposed project.

Earlier this month, local newspapers quoted state Tourism, Environment and Culture Minister Masidi Manjun as saying that the state government is committed to practicing Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD-plus), which was formulated in the Bali Action Plan (COP 13) in 2007.

Wong stressed that the project had already been rejected and relocated twice before, and TNB's insistence in pushing for the construction of the 300-megawatt facility would only waste more time, money and effort on "debating a dirty energy source".

"Sabah should be leveraging on its position as a biodiversity hub to attract investments for green power. Instead, we are wasting time on this proposed coal plant.

"There is a commitment among the international community to support forest, wildlife and marine conservation work in Sabah and here we are talking about building a coal plant between the rainforest of Tabin and the Coral Triangle.

"Building a coal plant in Sabah, and especially next to the Coral Triangle, does not just break the hearts of locals, but also the world's," he said.

Insistent Avatar's 3rd incarnation

The coal-fired plant, to be built on Felda Sahabat land some 100km from Lahad Datu town, is the third incarnation of the project after being rejected twice on environmental grounds.

The first proposal in 2007 was for the facility to be built in Silam, also in Lahad Datu. Two years later, the site was changed to Seguntor, Sandakan.

On both counts, the project raised fierce opposition from the public and environmental NGOs.

The current RM1.7 billion proposal has come under heavy criticism over the past year, with Green Surf going as far as to accuse TNB of producing a DEIA designed to "mislead" the public into believing the facility is eco-friendly.

The proposed project was awarded to a consortium of TNB Remaco, Eden-Nova and a Sabah state-owned company. A special purpose vehicle company, Lahad Datu Energy Sdn Bhd, was formed to implement the project.

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SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

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