Power from West-East Coast Grid only by end 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Oct 27, 2009: Member of Parliament for Tawau, Datuk Chua
Soon Bui, questioned the federal government whether there is ulterior
motive in forcing coal power plant project which is in direct conflict
with the National Green Technology Policy (NGTP) launched by the Prime
Minister in July this year.
Chua, who is also Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) vice president, said
that the main objective is to improve the quality life of all Malaysians
and avoid negative impact on our environment and especially the
health of the people.
The federal minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water said that
electricity supply in the East Coast of Sabah will be channeled from the
power plant in Kimanis via the West-East Coast Grid only by the end of
2013 while answering Chua during question time in parliament.
The ministry also said that the awarding of tenders are only expected
to carried out in October 2010 (300 MW capacity gas power plant by the
consortium of Petronas and Sabah Foundation) and to start operations in
three stages, with the generation of 100 MW power capacity for each stage.
The first unit is scheduled to start functioning in December 2013 while
the second in March 2014 and third one in June 2014.
"I therefore urge the minister to concentrate first on providing new
and quality generators produced by Sime Darby, to be installed in Tawau by
the end of the year to replace the old and out-of-date generators there.
"TNB insisted on building coal power plants in Sabah, the first one was
planned in Silam, then it moved to Sandakan due to strong objection from
the people, and now it moves to Kg. Sinakut Felda, Lahad Datu," Chua said.