Studies under way for two Malaysia hydro projects

The head of Malaysia state power utility Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) says feasibility studies are under way for two hydroelectric projects that would be built on the Malay Peninsula.

State news agency Bernama reported TNB Chief Executive Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh said studies are being conducted of two projects in the states of Pahang and Terengganu. (HNN 10/30/06) Although project capacities were not mentioned, reports have indicated as much as 1,000 MW might be developed.

Speaking to reporters attending a TNB media workshop in Penang, Che Khalib said the utility would accelerate development of the projects if the government fails to approve construction of undersea cables to carry power to mainland Malaysia from the 2,400-MW Bakun Dam hydroelectric project. Bakun is nearing completion on Borneo Island in Malaysia’s Sarawak State. (HNN 1/23/07)

�Definitely we will implement the power plant … but not now because our existing capacity is sufficient to cover until 2012,� the TNB official said.

If Bakun’s electricity is not delivered to the power-hungry mainland, the two mainland hydro plants would be needed by 2014 or 2015, Che Khalib said.

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