Tenaga Nasional Berhad to develop 300-MW hydroelectric power plant

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Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has received a letter of notification from the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources for wholly owned subsidiary TNB Power Generation Sdn. Bhd. (TNB Genco) to develop a 300-MW hydroelectric power plant in Malaysia.

The new plant will be located at Mukim Ulu Nenggiri, Jajahan Gua Musang, Kelantan Darul Naim. TNB Genco has incorporated a wholly owned project company called TNBPG Hydro Nenggiri Sdn. Bhd. (THNSB) to undertake the project.

Construction is estimated to take five years, and the expected scheduled commercial operation date is June 1, 2027. THNSB will sign a 30-year power purchase agreement with the offtaker, which is TNB.

TNB said the project will enhance energy security for the national and bring about positive impact for Malaysia, the state of Kelantan and local communities. The project complement’s TNB’s mission to support the government’s ambition to increase the share of renewable energy in its installed capacity to 31% in 2025 and 40% in 2035.

The initial shareholder approval to develop the project was received in July 2012. The Kelantan state government approved construction of the power plant in March 2014. And the federal government agreed for TNB to proceed with the project in September 2019.

Specific details on the development, including the dam construction type and powerhouse arrangement, were not released.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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