THERE’S been talk recently about access power supply in the State. Of course this talk is from those who like to distort the facts.
As I have posted before, the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy’s (SCORE’s) demand for power has actually already exceeded the Bakun hydroelectric dam’s supply. (Read that here.)
Just to set the record straight, did you know that Kalimantan will also be getting electricity supply from Sarawak?
I was just reminded of this by a report in The China Post today.
The report quoted PLN Planning and Risk Management Director Murtaqi Syamsuddin as saying that the tender to build a power grid connecting West Kalimantan to Sarawak would be conducted this year and the project would commence in 2013.
“It is hoped that all facilities to support the power trade would be ready by 2014,” Murtaqi said.
PLN will jointly carry out the project with Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), where each party would be responsible for the project in their country’s respective territory.
This plan to import power from Sarawak, he said, would cover the electricity needs in West Kalimantan.
Now last year, Minister of Public Utilities Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan had said that Sarawak is expected to sell up to 230MW of electricity via SEB to West Kalimantan by mid-2014.
Construction of the new line on our side of the border would commence this year using a new 275 kV transmission line that would connect Mambong, near Kuching, to Bengkayang in West Kalimantan.
“The interconnection provides Sarawak the platform to become a powerhouse in the region and will allow Indonesia to capture massive savings compared to the cost of the oil-fired power that is mainly used today,” Datuk Amar Awang Tengah said.
He added that the deal was a great example of what can be achieved through cooperation with neighbours in Borneo in the spirit of Asean.
So Sarawak will be generating income from renewable energy not only through industries in the State, but also by helping our neighbour Indonesia.
Oh and by the way, Brunei already has an agreement with the State to purchase 100MW and they have also offered to purchase more electricity from us.
Real transformation for a secure future and not just passing change.
The report from The China Post:
Indonesia to commence power trade by 2014
JAKARTA — Indonesian power utility, PLN, plans to start trading electricity with neighboring countries by 2014 at initial capacity of 50 to 100 MegaWatt (MW), PLN President Director Nur Pamuji said here on Monday.
“We can start it within two years,”Nur Pamuji said, adding that talks on the facilities to support that aim is underway at the moment.
Nur said that selling the electricity to neighboring countries would only be conducted after the domestic need on electricity is totally fulfilled.
Meanwhile PLN Planning and Risk Management Director Murtaqi Syamsuddin said that the tender to build power grid connecting Indonesia’s territory of West Kalimantan to Malaysia’s Sarawak would be conducted this year so as to make the project commenced in 2013.
“It is hoped that all facilities to support the power trade would be ready by 2014,”Murtaqi said.
According to Murtaqi, the power grid project connecting Indonesia and Malaysia would be jointly carried out by PLN and Serawak Energy Berhad of Malaysia.
Each party will be responsible over the project in the country’ s respective territory, Murtaqi said as quoted by the vivanews.com.
He added that Indonesia planned to import power from Sarawak to cover the electricity needs in West Kalimantan and to export electricity from power plants operating in Sumatra to Malaysia peninsula and Singapore.
The Bernama story (July 21, 2011):
SEB to sell 230MW of power to West Kalimantan by mid-2014
KUCHING: Sarawak is expected to sell up to 230 megawatts of electricity, via Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), to West Kalimantan by mid-2014, said State Public Utilities Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.
Tengah, who is also Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management, said construction of the new line would commence early next year using a new 275 Kv transmission line that would connect Mambong, near here, to Bengkayang in West Kalimantan.
“The interconnection provides Sarawak the platform to become a powerhouse in the region and will allow Indonesia to capture massive savings compared to the cost of the oil-fired power that is mainly used today,” he said in a statement in conjunction with the signing, on Monday, of a team sheet for a power purchase exchange agreement between SEB and PT PLN Persero (PLN), the Indonesian power utility.
Tengah said the potential to export bulk power through a transmission line connecting Sarawak and West Kalimantan was explored for many years, with an initial feasibility study undertaken in 1994.
“This idea has been on the BIMP-EAGA agenda for many years, so I am thrilled that this vision is now a step closer to reality,” he said, adding it was a great deal for both Sarawak and Indonesia.
It was a great example of what can be achieved through cooperation with neighbours in Borneo in the spirit of Asean, he said.
He said, by 2020, Sarawak’s installed generation capacity was expected to be up to 7,500 MW with 75 per cent of the renewable energy coming mainly from hydro energy, which was a huge increase from the current capacity of 1,250 MW.
The signing was also the fifth since April that SEB had reached for the sale of bulk electricity from Sarawak.
The first four agreements will provide energy to large customers, especially energy-intensive industries such as the aluminum, manganese and silicon industries providing massive investment and employment in Sarawak under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) initiatives. – Bernama
The Bernama story (November 21, 2010 via Brunei Times)
Sultanate to buy power from Sarawak
BRUNEI has offered to purchase power to be generated by the proposed hydroelectric plants to be set up in Limbang and Lawas, Sarawak.
Malaysian Second Minister of Planning and Management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said while the actual commencement date for the projects has yet to be fixed, Brunei had already showed keen interest in the power plants.
“We already have an agreement with Brunei to supply 100 MW and they have agreed to upgrade their transmission lines. In fact they (Brunei) want us to speed up the (implementation of the) project,” he told reporters on Friday after officiating the Malaysian Islamic Welfare Organisation (Perkim) Lawas Branch’s family night.
Sarawak recently invited several foreign companies to bid for two hydroelectric projects which would have a total generating capacity of 345 MW. The Limbang project is estimated to generate 245 MW and Lawas the remaining 100 MW. – Bernama