Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has announced plans to build two 1000 MW coal fired power plants in the Manjung district of Perak, in order to meet the increasing demand for electricity in Malaysia.
Zainuddin Ibrahim, vice president of generation at TNB, said the two projects were expected to start soon. “The two are mainly for domestic usage and are expected to be completed in 2017,” he added.
Malaysia has an average daily power consumption of between 15,000 and 16,000 MW, with the figure expected to increase by 5% annually.
Coal is one of Malaysia’s most important sources of energy, with over 80% of coal in the country imported from Indonesia, South Africa and Australia.
“We consume about 42 million tonnes of coal annually, with the amount expected to increase,” commented Zainuddin.
Asia provides the biggest market for coal as fuel for power plants, accounting for 67% of worldwide demand.
Edited from various sources by Katie Woodward
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