KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia’s first environmentally-friendly geothermal power plant will be one step closer to becoming a reality when an inaugural production well is drilled in about three months.
This comes a year after project developer Tawau Green Energy Sdn Bhd began exploration drilling for suitable sites some 20km from Tawau town.
Project manager Andrew Amaladoss said the firm had been studying the results from the exploration and was making the necessary preparations for its first production well.
“We are building road access to the area and doing site preparation as well,” he said.
They are working with Sabah Parks because the well site is at the foot of Mount Maria at the Tawau Hills Park.
Amaladoss said seven production wells would be drilled for the power plant to produce 30mW of electricity from the underground steam harvested there. Four more production wells would be drilled to inject cooled water into the geothermal wells.