Malaysia is in talks with Japan’s Sumitomo Corp. and Italy’s Prysmian for the supply of an undersea cable to carry electricity from the 2,400-MW Bakun hydroelectric project on Borneo Island to peninsular Malaysia.
Energy Minister Lim Keng Yaik said July 19 the government has also invited the two manufacturers of high-voltage direct current cable to set up plants in Malaysia. He said the Italian plant of Prysmian, one of the world’s biggest copper and fiber optic cable makers, already has orders until 2010.
Lim has said the 700-kilometer submarine cable linking Bakun in Sarawak State with Tanjung Lemang in southern Johor State bordering Singapore would cost about US$1.5 billion. Malaysia’s biggest power utility, Tenaga Nasional, said in February it is working with local builder Sime Darby to plan the subsea cable project.
Lim said Bakun Dam was expected to be complete in 2010. In April, Finance Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya estimated the project would be fully operational in May 2011. (HNN 4/16/07)
At that time, Hilmi told parliament the overall project was 60 percent complete, with the main dam 65.9 percent complete and expected to be ready in the third quarter of 2009. He said the first turbine-generator would begin operation in October 2009.