Two TNB projects at tender stage
JOHOR BARU: Two of Tenaga Nasional Berhad’s (TNB) planned hydroelectric plants in Hulu Terengganu and Ulu Jelai, Pahang, are now in the tender stage.
TNB general manager (hydro) Mior Shahar Mior Nazrin said the two projects were targeted for completion by 2015.
Ulu Jelai will generate 372 megawatts while Hulu Terengganu will provide a further 250 megawatts of electricity, he told reporters in Terengganu, after a media tour of the hydroelectric dam in Kenyir recently.
Mior Shahar said two other projects in the pipeline, in Lebir and Nenggiri, Kelantan, were expected to be the last major hydroelectric plants in the country as there were no more major rivers from which TNB could generate electricity.
The plants were expected to have a combined capacity of around 700 megawatts.
TNB, he said, was in discussions with the Drainage and Irrigation Department to jointly share the cost of developing the plants.
He said TNB was shifting its dependency on natural gas and coal to hydroelectricity, in line with the Government’s emphasis on greener energy. Hydroelectric power provided 6% of the country’s energy requirements, with gas contributing 70% and coal, 24%.