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Bakun begins supplying power to first industrial customer

THE Bakun hydroelectric dam began supplying power to its first industrial customer last week.

Yup, the so-called “white elephant” by some quarters is now supplying power to Press Metal Bhd’s new aluminium smelting plant in Samalaju Industrial Park.

The 275kV transmission line linking Sarawak Energy Berhad’s (SEB) Samalaju power station to Press Metal’s new plant was powered up last Thursday.

“PMB is taking power this month,” Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) chief executive officer Torstein Dale Sjotveit is quoted as saying.

Sjotveit said PMB is purchasing 480MW to power the new smelter, which is expected to start commercial operations in June – that’s in around two month’s time.

To double the capacity of its current aluminium smelter in Balingian, Mukah, the new Samalaju smelter has a production capacity of 240,000 tonnes per annum.

The Balingian plant is already running at a full capacity of 120,000 tonnes per annum.

Yes the facts are that the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) is very much in progress and not just a concept being spoken about at official functions.

While some are still trying to paint SCORE as a fairytale or even a failure, the facts speak for themselves.

Another three new transmission lines are going to be built to connect power to Tokuyama Corp’s polycrystalline silicon plant (phase II), Asia Minerals Ltd’s manganese and ferro alloy smelting plant and OM Material (Sarawak ) Sdn Bhd’s manganese and ferro alloy smelting plant.

All the plants are in Samalaju and all, including the Balingian smelter, come under SCORE.

Tokuyama’s first plant is expected to be operational in September next year, while the second would start operations during the second quarter of 2014.

Asia Minerals, which has signed for a long-term supply of 270MW from SEB, expects its plant to begin commercial production as soon as June or July next year.

OM Materials Sarawak chairman Low Ngee Tong has indicated that its RM1.5 billion smelting plant is also scheduled to start power consumption and production testing from the second half of next year.

The joint venture has a long-term supply agreement of 500MW with SEB.

Sjotveit pointed out that a 132kV transmission line costs between RM3 million and RM5 million to build while a 275kV transmission line costs between RM13 million and RM20 million.

“The plants’ owners will pay for the cost of the transmission lines,” he said.

Four of the Bakun dam’s eight 300MW turbines are now producing power, while the other four turbines are under installation.

“White elephant”? Judge with the facts and not the fiction created by those who only seek to discredit Sarawak because of their lust for power in Putrajaya.

Real transformation for a secure future for Sarawakians and not just passing change.

A report from The Star:

First customer for Bakun power

By Jack Wong

KUCHING: Press Metal Bhd’s (PMB)  new aluminium smelting plant in Samalaju Industrial Park, Bintulu is the first factory to tap into electricity from the Bakun dam.

Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB)  chief executive officer Torstein Dale Sjotveit  said the 275kV transmission line linking SEB Samalaju’s power station and PMB’s new plant was “energised” last Thursday.

“PMB is taking power this month,” he said when asked after SEB’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Syarikat Sesco Bhd , signed its first collective agreement with its union here yesterday.

Under the three-year agreement, some 2,700 union staff will get an average salary increase of at least 5%.

Sjotveit said PMB was purchasing 480MW to power its new smelter which was on track to start commercial operation by June this year.

The new smelter has a production capacity of 240,000 tonnes per annum, which is double the capacity of its aluminium smelter in Balingian, Mukah Division.

The Balingian plant is currently running at the full capacity of 120,000 tonnes per annum.

Both plants are located in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy.

Sjotveit said three new transmission lines would be built to connect power to Tokuyama Corp ‘s polycrystalline silicon plant (phase II), Asia Minerals Ltd ‘s manganese and ferro alloy smelting plant and OM Material (Sarawak ) Sdn Bhd ‘s manganese and ferro alloy smelting plant in Samalaju.

He said one of the transmission lines was 132kV while the others are 275kV.

SEB has called for bidders to build the Samalaju-Tokuyama 275kV transmission line (phase II).

The tender will close on April 18.

Tokuyama’s first plant is expected to be operational in September next year and the second in the second quarter of 2014.

Asia Minerals, which has signed for a long-term supply of 270MW from SEB, expects its plant to commence commercial production in June or July 2013.

According to OM Materials Sarawak chairman Low Ngee Tong , its RM1.5bil smelting plant is scheduled to start power consumption and production testing from the second half of 2013.

The 80:20 joint venture between OM Holdings  group and Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd  has a long-term supply agreement of 500MW with SEB.

“A 132kV transmission line costs between RM3mil and RM5mil to build while a 275kV transmission line costs between RM13mil and RM20mil.

“The plants’ owners will pay for the cost of the transmission lines,” said Sjotveit.

Four of Bakun dam’s eight 300MW turbines are now producing power.

The other four turbines are under installation.

The Borneo Post’s report:

Power transmission lines in SCORE ready by next year

By Saiful Bahari

KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) is erecting three transmission lines to cater to the needs of three major firms operating in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) area.

SEB chief executive officer Torstein Dale said the lines, which would be ready by next year, were meant for AML Minerals Limited, Tokuyama Corporation, and OM Materials.

“The 132kv transmission lines cost between RM3 million and RM5 million, while the 275kv one costs between RM13 million and RM20 million,” he said when met by reporters at the sideline of a function here yesterday.

Torstein added that all three transmission lines would be linked from Samalaju substation direct to the factories.

“We expect the lines to power up the factories by the third quarter of next year.”

As for the SEB transmission line for Press Metal Bhd factory, he said it was completed on March 29 this year, and was currently undergoing final-stage checking.

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