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Policies on existing power generation to be reviewed
Published on: Thursday, January 18, 2007
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KLANG: Energy, Water and Communications Ministry will make a holistic review of the existing electricity generation policies to streamline the planning process for future electricity supply, its deputy minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said Wednesday.He said focus would be given to tap the potential of hydro for power generation to cater for the increase in demand for electricity while reducing the negative impacts of power generation on the environment.

"A review is being done by a committee and by the end of this year, you can see some concrete policy," he told reporters after attending the ceremony to mark Connaught Bridge power station's 200,000 equivalent operating hours (EOH) on Siemens gas turbines.

Also present were Tenaga chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie and Tenaga president/chief executive officer Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh and Siemens Malaysia's president/chief executive officer Rainer Althoff.

"One of the things that we are looking at seriously is to use more hydropower plants and encourage renewable energy. These are the two energy sources that we are looking at," he said.

He said two hydropower plants will be built in Ulu Jelai and Ulu Terengganu.

Touching on Tenaga Nasional, Shaziman said the company is aggressively moving forward and is on track with its 20-year strategic planning.

He said TNB's aim to start exporting related technical expertise abroad from 2011 was a good move, not just for generating revenue but to strengthen the country's position globally.

Meanwhile, Tenaga Nasional Bhd expects earnings from electricity export to Thailand to double to RM1 billion if the current negotiations bear fruit.

Tenaga, which now received RM500 million for 300 megawatts (MW) of power supply to Thailand, is negotiating with the Thai authorities to export an additional 300MW.

Tenaga chief executive, Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, said meetings had been going on and the response was quite positive.

He was speaking to reporters after attending a ceremony to mark Connaught Bridge power station's 200,000 operating hours on Siemens gas turbines.

Asked when the negotiations would be completed, Che Khalib said: "first we have to get the agreement from Thailand to accept.

"We have not got that yet.

"Our technical team is working on the matter and hopefully the negotiations will be completed within this year," he said. - Bernama



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