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Old June 30th, 2009, 07:29 PM   #42
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Ingress Units Secures RM61.9 Worth Of Projects From TNB
June 30, 2009 22:52 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 (Bernama) -- Ingress Corporation Bhd announced that Tenaga Nasional Bhd has awarded three projects worth totalling RM61.9 million to the unincorporated joint-venture between Ramusa Engineering Sdn Bhd (RESB) and Multi Discovery Sdn Bhd (MDSB).

Both RESB and MDSB are subsidiaries of Ingress.

It said one of the project is the RM6.9 million proposed diversion of 132kV (1x150MVA) cable from Teluk Apau - Kuala Perlis via overhead line to PMU 275/132kV Perlis Power Station.

The second one is the supply, erection and commissioning of 240MVA 275/132kV auto transformer with associated ancillary equipment for PMU 275/132kV Bukit Raja GIS Extension worth RM17 million.

The last one is the proposed 275/132kV transmission line double circuit loop in/out into Shah Alam Seksyen 18 (from Connaught Bridge Power Station-Olak Lampit) and quadruple circuit for 275kV Shah Alam Seksyen 18-Lion; and 132kV Shah Alam Seksyen 18 - Shah Alam East-Proton worth RM38 million.

The projects have contract periods ranging from 13 months to 24 months and will commence in the second half of the current financial year ending January 31, 2010, it said.

-- BERNAMA
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Bakun dam to be operational by end-2011
Published: 2009/07/01

THE Bakun hydroelectric dam project in Sarawak will be ready for electricity distribution by the end of 2011, deputy secretary-general of Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry Loo Took Gee said.

"The dam is currently under construction. By end-2011, all eight turbines that would generate 2,400 megawatts (MW) of electricity, will be installed and Bakun will be operational by then," she told reporters after opening ABB's executive forum in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Loo, who was representing the minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, was commenting on the development of Bakun hydroelectric project in Sarawak.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the government has approved the proposal for Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) (5347) and Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) to jointly take over the operation of the Bakun dam project from Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd.
The takeover will be done through a leasing agreement and the joint partners will develop the transmission system from Sarawak to Peninsular Malaysia.

In the statement to Bursa Malaysia, TNB and SEB had said that construction of the Bakun plant was almost complete.

The plant was to export 1,600MW from Bakun to Peninsular Malaysia via a high-voltage direct current transmission system and the rest will be for Sarawak.

Bakun is now owned and developed by Sarawak Hidro, a fully-owned unit of the Minister of Finance Inc (MOF Inc). It will continue to develop it until full commissioning of the generating units.

A special purpose vehicle (SPV) will then be set up to take over the operation through a leasing agreement and other related commercial agreements for the sale of electricity to Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak.

The SPV will be owned by Tenaga Nasional, SEB and the state of Sarawak, while MOF Inc will hold a golden share.

On the RM9 billion transmission cable and undersea cable project connecting the Bakun plant to Peninsular Malaysia, Loo said the government is still studying the proposal.

"We are still working on it. It is still on the drawing board," she said.

The cable project involves laying a 730km high-voltage direct current transmission line and a 670km undersea cable for the Bakun dam.

TNB was recently reported as planning to raise ringgit-denominated loans to finance the RM9 billion transmission line carrying electricity from Sawarak to Peninsular Malaysia.
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Tenaga defers Prai plant amid weak demand
Written by Isabelle Francis
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 15:51

KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has deferred its RM400 million power plant in Prai, Penang as it seeks to match supply with the projected slowing demand over the next few years.

Its CEO Datuk Seri Che Kalib Mohamad Noh said on July 1 o far this year it saw a drop of 3.7% in power demand while there would be additional electricity supply with new plants coming on stream in six years.

“It (the deferment) is savings for us,” Che Kalib told reporters at the sidelines of Invest Malaysia 2009 in Kuala Lumpur. The Prai plant is one of the utility giant’s smaller plants with a power capacity of 220-megawatt.

TNB, with annual generation capacity of 11,942 megawatts, has predicted its excess capacity to drop to 25% by 2013 from more than 50%.

Che Kalib said there are signs of improving demand over last two months, driven by both households and industrial sectors.

TNB was recently reported as planning to raise ringgit-denominated loans to finance the RM9 billion-transmission line carrying electricity from the Bakun hydropower plant in Sawarak to Peninsular Malaysia.
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TNB allocates RM21.5mil to upgrade system
Thursday July 2, 2009
By SIMON KHOO

BENTONG: Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has allocated RM21.5mil to upgrade its system to supply electricity in the district here.

The allocation would be used to replace exhausted and laying of new cables, said TNB vice-president (distribution) Azman Mohamad.

“Certain areas such as Simpang Pelangai and Mempaga are presently facing low voltage problems.

“Steps will be taken to reduce such problems,” he said during a community programme with state leaders and locals at the Sultan Ahmad Shah hall here recently.

Also present were Bilut assemblyman Datuk Hoh Khai Mun, Ketari assemblyman Datuk Dr Ng Keong Chye, assistant district officer Mohd Hafizi Ibrahim and Pahang TNB general manager Datuk Mohd Rumai Puteh Abdullah.

Meanwhile, Mohd Rumai said TNB would give emphasis in upgrading the system in Simpang Pelangai.

The area had been earmarked for two important projects - namely the public order training and development centre of the Royal Malaysian Police and an integrated chicken farming centre.

“We have received complaints of electricity interruption due to problems with cables and substations.

“Among the measures to be implemented are replacing faulty pillars, conduct periodical checks and appoint new contractors to replace faulty equiptments such as lighting poles,” he said.

Mohd Rumai said TNB would also appoint a contractor to carry out numbering of electricity poles in the area to facilitate public complaints in case of power disruptions.

Gemeti village security and development committee chairman Zulkifli Kilau said such programmes could help to foster closer rapport between TNB and the community.
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TNB-hosted exhibition in KL next week
Friday July 10, 2009

KUALA LUMPUR: With the increasing global interest in renewable energy, it is imperative for industry players to equip themselves with the necessary knowledge and skills to adopt the technology efficiently.

Asean Elenex 2009 (AE 2009) – the eighth power generation, transmission and electrical engineering exhibition – to be held from July 15-18, will provide insights into and analyses of renewable energy, technology and its potential in the region.

Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) corporate affairs vice-president Datuk Abdul Razak Abdul Majid said the exhibition would serve as an excellent platform for industry players to exchange ideas, experiences and knowledge to meet the energy needs of the country and the region.

“Asean is a high-profile growth area for the power industry and the exhibitions will provide an excellent opportunity for industry players to develop future businesses and strengthen business transactions,” he told a media briefing yesterday.

The TNB-hosted AE 2009 will run concurrently with the fifth biennial Asean Industrial Automation 2009 exhibition and conference organised by the Malaysian Exhibition Services Sdn Bhd.

Abdul Razak said over 500 world-class companies would present their latest cost-effective and energy-saving technologies and solutions for the electrical and power sector, providing a boost to the country’s energy development initiatives. — Bernama
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TNB, SEB in pact to buy Sime Power Link
Published: 2009/07/10

TENAGA Nasional Bhd (TNB) and Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) today signed a Share Sale Agreement with Sime Darby Energy Sdn Bhd (SDESB) in relation to their acquisition of 100 per cent interest in Sime Darby Power Link Sdn Bhd (SDPLSB).

In an announcement on Bursa Securities, TNB said the purchase consideration was RM15.6 million plus an adjustment amount to cater for additional cash advances made by SDESB to SDPLSB being payment for consultants before the completion of the deal.

SDPLSB is a special purpose vehicle established by SDESB to undertake the development and operation of transmission facilities to supply electricity from Sarawak to Sabah and Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.

TNB and SEB will each hold 50 per cent of the issued and fully paid-up capital of SDPLSB, while it is also intended that the Minister of Finance Incorporated participate in the equity of SDPLSB at the appropriate juncture.

TNB said the price was arrived at on a willing buyer – willing seller basis free from all encumbrances after taking into account certain costs incurred by SDPLSB to-date for undertaking the preliminary works and studies in respect of the project, including the Environmental Impact Assesment (EIA) for the undersea cable.

By acquiring SDPLSB, TNB and SEB will have a time factor advantage and facilitate a seamless transition for the on-going studies and regulatory approval processes initiated by SDPLSB some 12 months ago.

The acquisition of SDPLSB will allow TNB and SEB to gain access and leverage on the preliminary studies conducted on the project including the on-going EIA on the Indonesian territorial waters.

TNB said 77 per cent of the undersea HVDC transmission cable is expected to transverse across Indonesian territorial waters.
It will connect the Bakun Hydroelectric Plant in Sarawak and Bentong in Pahang. - Bernama
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Demand for electricity picking up in industrial, consumer sectors: TNB
By Zaidi Isham Ismail
Published: 2009/07/16

DEMAND for electricity has been picking up over the past two months in the industrial and private consumer sectors, suggesting a slight uptick in the country's economic activities.

Tenaga Nasional Bhd's (TNB) (5347) senior vice-president for corporate affairs Datuk Abdul Razak Abdul Majid said electricity demand nationwide surged to 14,029 megawatt (MW) last month, a record for the utility and the country.

The peak surpassed the previous milestone of 14,007MW recorded in May last year, said Abdul Razak at TNB's headquarters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday after launching the "Switch" mascot and a mandarin version website.

Switch is the national energy efficiency awareness campaign jointly organised by the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry and the Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations with the support of TNB.
Its main objective is to encourage the public and industries to reduce energy consumption and save costs which includes choosing the right home appliance thar can cut cost up to 10 per cent.

TNB, Malaysia's largest electricity utility, signed a memorandum of understanding two months ago with Fomca and pledged to contribute RM1.5 million to the campaign as part of its corporate social responsibility efforts.

Abdul Razak said the practice of energy conservation will not only reduce the cost of living but also help preserve national fuel reserves and reduce TNB's dependence on fuel imports.
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TNB chief hints at power tariff increase soon
By Zuraimi Abdullah
Published: 2009/07/20

Tenaga Nasional Bhd's (TNB) (5347) chief has suggested that an increase in power tariffs soon is inevitable because of the rising price of fuel, although the utility giant will accept any decision by the government to review the rates.

"The price of fuel is more expensive than early this year, although it is lower than in 2008," president and chief executive Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohd Noh said at TNB's family day in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

However, gas price in Malaysia is "much lower" than the actual world market price.

That's because natural gas prices sold to TNB and other power producers are subsidised by Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas). But the government is considering reducing or removing the perk as it moves gas prices to a market-based mechanism.

The current subsidised price is RM10.70/mmbtu. Globally, the natural gas trades at US$3.36/mmbtu (RM12/mmbtu), down from a three-year high of US$13.37/mmbtu (RM48/mmbtu) in July last year.
Power tariffs were last adjusted on March 1 this year, with the rates charged on household and industrial users being reduced by 3.5 per cent.

Some analysts expect the next review to be announced in September, which coincides with the start of TNB's financial year.

Che Khalib also said the multi-billion ringgit contract to lay undersea cable to bring power from the Bakun dam in Sarawak to Peninsular Malaysia will be awarded in mid-2010.

The tender itself will be opened early next year, he added.

"There won't be any direct negotiation. It will be an open tender. The (bidding and finalisation) process should take about six months.

"We expect to award the contract in the middle of next year," he said.

TNB is one of the three shareholders of a special-purpose vehicle to be set up to operate the Bakun dam based on a lease.

The estimated RM8 billion to RM10 billion, 675km-long submarine cable would link Sematan in southern Sarawak to Tanjung Leman, Johor.
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TNB shares rally, but higher CPI to come
Published: 2009/07/22

MALAYSIA’S government is considering proposals to hike natural gas prices in a semi-annual review that could see the cost of electricity rise by 4.9 per cent, a source told Reuters.

An announcement on the price hikes, which will take effect on Aug 1, could come after a cabinet meeting today.

Shares of Tenaga Nasional spiked higher on the news, gaining 2.38 per cent to RM8.60 by outpacing a gain of 1.70 per cent on the broader index. Tenaga is due to release third-quarter earnings later in the day.

The news came ahead of the release of June consumer price inflation data that is expected to show a decline of 1.35 per cent from a year ago, the first disinflation in Malaysia since August 1986.

ANALYST COMMENTS:

PATRICIA OH, TA Securities economist: “The housing, water, electricity and fuels component makes up 21.4 per cent of the CPI. With this 4.9 per cent hike in electricity tariffs, it will lead to an increase in this component by 0.82 per cent... or add 0.1 per cent to the overall index.”
“We expect this price hike to come in as early as August.
We are forecasting a contraction for that month and it will still contract moderately. Our inflation forecast for 2009 is 1 per cent.”

ONG CHEE TING, Analyst at Maybank: “The review affirms our view that the fuel tariff mechanism review is in place and it will assure Tenaga of a certain return on investment (in the future).”

PHILIP MCNICHOLAS of IdeaGlobal.com: “It would certainly cause an upward revision in inflation. The move would make sense given the upward movement of energy prices but it will not have too much impact on overall inflation this year. The housing, water, electricity and fuels component has been stable... but it will eat into consumer spending and that’s not good given the problems we already have with external demand with regards to the manufacturing sector.”
“The tariff hike would certainly impact businesses and it may prompt Bank Negara to cut interest rates in the coming months. At the moment we have forecast a 50 basis points reduction by year-end.” - Reuters
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TNB Q3 Net Profit Before Forex Translation At RM419.9 Mln
July 22, 2009 21:13 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 (Bernama) - Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) posted a net profit before foreign exchange (forex) translation gain of RM419.9 million in the third quarter ended May 31, 2009 compared with RM771.6 million in the second quarter.

"The lower profit resulted from the significant increase in units generated from coal generation," said its president/chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, at a press conference here Wednesday.

Che Khalib said during the quarter, TNB faced several incidences of gas curtailment and had to increase output from coal-fired generation.

He said although the average contracted coal price was at US$79.9 per metric tonne (pmt) during the quarter, "coal is still the more expensive fuel compared to gas at the subsidised price of RM10.70 per million British thermal units (mmBtu).

The average coal price was at US$85.8 pmt in the second quarter.

He noted that the average contracted coal price for the nine-month period meanwhile was at US$94.3 pmt, "which is still higher than what we allowed to pass through under the fuel cost adjustment of US$85 pmt."

As a result, the group reported a 33.4 percent decline in net profit before forex translation gain of RM1.687 billion in the period compared with RM2.534 billion in the nine-month period of financial year 2008.

Revenue for the group rose 1.4 percent to RM7.001 billion for the three-month period due to downward tariff adjustment from March 1 this year.

However, TNB's net profit rose to RM1.023 billion mainly due to the forex translation gain of RM603.2 million.

Its net profit for the second quarter stood at RM674.6 million.
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No Reason For Tariff Revision Now, Says TNB
July 22, 2009 21:11 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 (Bernama) - There will be no revision in electricity tariff for now, says Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) president and chief executive officer, Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh.

"We never heard any revision by the government on gas price. As far as Tenaga is concerned, as long as the supplier of gas (Petronas) does not revise the price of gas, there should not be any reason why the tariff of electricity needs to be revised.

"As the government says no tariff increase, then there is no tariff increase," he said to reporters when asked on the possibility of a revision in electricity tariff with the price of gas gone up.

It was reported that the revision of rates will be discussed at the cabinet meeting today, and if approved, will take effect next month.

After the meeting Wednesday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said no decision had been made and everything was to remain same.

TNB today announced its third quarter results which saw the group achieving a net profit of RM1.023 billion on the back of RM7.001 billion revenue.

The last tariff adjustment was made on March 1, this year.
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Tenaga Q3 net profit more than triples
Published: 2009/07/22

Malaysia’s largest power firm Tenaga Nasional reported a third-quarter net profit of RM1.02 billion (US$287.3 million), more than tripling from RM298.8 million gained a year ago.

Profits were boosted by a forex gain of RM603.2 million compared to losses of RM180.8 million a year ago, the company said in a statement today. -- Reuters
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TNB Optimistic Of Positive Q4
August 19, 2009 20:55 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, August 19 (Bernama) -- Tenaga Nasional (TNB) expects profits for the fourth quarter ending August 31, 2009 to be positive as the demand for electricity has increased.

TNB President and Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh said earnings would likely be higher compared with the last two quarters of the year.

"Demand for electricity for the last three months had gone beyond the corresponding period of last year," Che Khalib said after signing a memorandum of understanding with the Malaysian Hockey Federation to develop hockey in the country.

He said demand for electricity peaked to 14,245 megawatts this year from 14,000 megawatts in 2008.

" Average daily power consumption has also increased," he said, adding that the bottom line may, however, be affected by exchange rate losses with the strengthening of the US dollar and yen.

Che Khalib said although TNB's cash flow was intact, exchange rates losses were expected to impact bottom line.

On the prospects for the financial year ending August 31, 2009, he said TNB's results would likely be lower than in the previous financial period.
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TNB lining up key jobs for hydropower plants
By Zuraimi Abdullah Published: 2009/08/31

National utility firm Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) (5347) plans to award key contracts to build two hydroelectric plants in Hulu Terengganu and Ulu Jelai in Pahang by the middle of next year, its top executive said.

TNB president and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamed Noh said the tender for the major civil work and mechanical and electrical (M&E) contracts will close by early next year. Bids are expected from consortiums of local and foreign companies.

TNB has already awarded a smaller contract to do preliminary works related to land clearing and road building for the Hulu Terenganu plant to Ahmad Zaki Resources Bhd.

The contract for a similar job at the Ulu Jelai plant is being finalised with a Pahang-based company, Che Khalib said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur.

The two projects are scheduled to be completed by 2014.
The cost to develop each plant may be more than RM1 billion, Che Khalib said.

The Ulu Jelai plant will generate 372 megawatts (MW) of electricity, while that in Hulu Terengganu, located north of the Kenyir Dam in Kuala Berang, will provide another 212MW.

TNB is looking more towards hydroelectricity and other affordable energy sources given the rising prices of gas and coal.

Gas and coal currently account for some 95 per cent of the utility's requirements to fire its power plants.

The country already has several hydroelectric dams, including in Cameron Highlands in Pahang, Temenggor in Perak and Kenyir in Terengganu.

Currently, hydroelectric plants in Peninsular Malaysia produce some 1,911MW, TNB said on its website. This accounts for some 5 per cent of the industry's total generation capacity. The bulk of hydroelectric-generation capacity comes from stations in Sungai Perak as well as the Kenyir station.
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They still use coal for generating electricity. Kotor kot!!

It's time for nuclear power y'all. It's clean and cheap. Japan, South Korea and France could give Malaysia a helping hand.
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TNB pushes for use of nuclear energy
By Zuraimi Abdullah
Published: 2009/09/01

MALAYSIA will have its maiden nuclear power plant 15 years from the day it starts working on the project, Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) (5347) president and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamed Noh said.

The national electric utility is pushing for the use of nuclear energy to head off a power crunch expected in the future, and has asked for a decision from the government around 2013.

Che Khalib, however, stressed that TNB would not simply "jump into developing a nuclear power plant" as an easy way out to meet future energy demand.

It would do so only when the country's main fuel energy sources are exhausted.
Such requirement appears imminent as our gas reserve is depleting fast, while coal - an imported energy source - is getting scarce, making it more costly to buy.

"We are not sure whether 20 years from now Petronas (Petroliam Nasional Bhd) will be able to continue to supply gas to us," Che Khalib said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur in conjunction with TNB's 60th anniversary, which falls today.

At present, TNB's power generation is a mix of about 60 per cent gas, more than 30 per cent coal and about 10 per cent hydro.

Che Khalib said the long planning for a nuclear plant is inevitable as it involves lengthy public relations (PR) campaign, site identification, international approval and construction of the plant itself.

"This is similarly experienced in South Korea (when it started its first nuclear programme years ago).

"It should take about two to three years to identify the site and to do a PR exercise to convince the public that a nuclear plant is safe and more cost-savings and efficient.

"After that, we need another two or three years to get approval from the international nuclear agency. The agency will do an audit to ensure that our nuclear development programme is not abused for other purposes than to generate energy.

"Lastly, the construction of the plant itself will take about seven to eight years. If we are to build any subsequent units after that, the development time will then be shorter," he explained.

Another prerequisite for nuclear development to succeed is having qualified personnel.

Che Khalib does not think that Malaysians are incapable of handling their own nuclear plant.

"The nuclear subject is not new to us. The country has been sending people overseas to study various aspects of nuclear for the past 30 years. It's just that we have not had a nuclear plant. (But) we have capable individuals," he said.
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Tenaga, others to issue RM10b bonds
Friday September 04 2009

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — The consortium building a submarine transmission line in Sarawak in Borneo will issue the first tranche of a RM10 billion bonds programme next year, a member of the consortium said today.

“I can confirm that Tenaga and the consortium members will raise about 10 billion ringgit,” said Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, chief executive officer of Tenaga Nasional, Malaysia’s biggest power producer and consortium member.

Top deal maker CIMB is the lead arranger of the bond issue, he told Reuters.

The cable project involves laying a 730km high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line and a 670km undersea cable for the 2,400-megawatt Bakun hydroelectric dam.

Che Khalib told Reuters in an interview in April that financing for the project will be spread out because the dam will be built over seven years.

Other members of the consortium are Sarawak Energy Bhd and the Ministry of Finance. — Reuters
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Malaysia to review renewable energy tariff rates
Published: 2009/09/08

THE government plans to review renewable energy tariff rates from the current 21 sen per kilowatt hour, said Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui.

He said the government will ensure the rates are justified.

"It will consider whether the price is practical for the whole country, fair to Tenaga Nasional to buy and what can the government contribute in terms of tax.

"We will study on implementing a new tariff that will encourage companies to participate in this sector," he said after visiting Recycle Energy Sdn Bhd plant in Semenyih, Selangor, yesterday.

Recycle Energy Sdn Bhd is a subsidiary of MMC Bhd that began pioneering the use of green technology to generate energy from its resource recovery centre and waste to energy plant.

He said this will help government's effort to promote renewable energy as one of the energy resources in the country in view of the high cost of renewable technology.

"By 2015, we hope to generate 6 per cent or 1,000 mega watts of renewable energy from only 0.91 per cent or 14.5 mega watt currently," he said, adding that the government will look into this matter seriously as the development of the sector is in line with its policy on Green Technology.

Chin also said that the government will review electricity tariff by year-end.

He said the rates will be reviewed every six months to ensure the tariff is in line with the price of gas and coal in the international market.

"When I say review it does not mean the price will increase, it may be maintained or reduced," he said, adding that the current fuel price movements will be monitored.

On nuclear energy, Chin said the draft of the policy and guidelines to include nuclear energy as an option for power supply is expected to be ready early next year.

On another matter, Chin said there will be one or two more meetings to resolve the Selangor water concession issue before it could be finalised.

"Last week, they (Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd and Selangor Government) had a meeting but did not conclude anything. Overall, I'm happy that Selangor is willing to work closely with the federal government for the benefit of the people," he added. - Bernama
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Recycle Energy may need 5 more years to break even
By Zuraimi Abdullah Published: 2009/09/08

MMC Corp Bhd's subsidiary Recycle Energy Sdn Bhd says it may need another five years to recoup its nearly RM200 million investment on a renewable energy, waste processing and recycling facility in Semenyih.

Recycle Energy chief executive officer Khalid Bahsoon said RM190 million has been spent so far on the facility since it started operation in 2005.

"We need about nine years to break even," Khalid said after the visit of Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui to the facility yesterday.

Recycle Energy now derives its income by producing and selling renewable energy sources and recyclables, besides payment of RM46 for every one tonne of solid waste sent by municipalities to the facility.

At present, it can generate eight megawatts (MW) per hour from some 700 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) it processes a day from the Kajang Municipality and neighbouring areas.

Khalid said Recycle Energy is paid 21 sen per kilowatt per hour (KW/hr) by Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) for the supply of 5MW of electricity to the national grid starting August.

A 21-year renewable energy power purchase agreement (PPA) was signed with TNB last month, he added.

The balance of 3MW generated by the facility is being used in-house to power all the facility's plant's utilities including the recycling and processing plant.

"We used to generate half of our income from selling recyclables such as resin to the market. Now with the PPA signed, we will get more from TNB," Khalid said.

The company is seeking a raise in the renewable energy tariff to 50 sen per KW/hr to sustain its waste management venture.

Recycle Energy is the first in the country to operate such facility.

MMC owns about 60 per cent of Recycle Energy, while the remaining 40 per cent is owned by Core Competencies Sdn Bhd.

The latter was the one that developed the technology to create renewable energy source from MSW.

Recycle Energy officials said apart from reducing dependence on fossil fuels, the technology also helps cut the need to use landfills to dump the waste.

This in turn, reduces the amount of the greenhouse gases such as methane from being released into the environment.

It also prevents the high level of lechate found in our MSW from seeping into rivers.
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