TNB can meet border needs

Anthony Tan, Ian Mcintyre and David Tan at the Malaysia-Thailand Technology and Business Partnership dialogue in Langkawi

Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has the capacity to meet the power demand needed by the proposed cluster of industries along the Malaysia-Thailand border zones. 

Currently, the national utility giant can supply up to 600 megawatts (MW) under its trading deal with the Thailand Electricity Board. 

TNB president and chief executive officer Datuk Pian Sukro said the supply factor should not arise when industries begin to emerge along the border. 

Both Thailand and Malaysia have been receptive to the private sector initiative to develop industries along the border to tap both the capital and labour force available for mutual economic ventures. 

“We believe our Thai counterparts also have sufficient capacity to support such a venture,” Pian said on the sidelines of the inaugural dialogue here. 

The trade exchange agreement with Thailand had TNB supplying 300 MW through the national grid to that country during peak periods, he noted. 

TNB had the capacity to upgrade the capacity to 600 MW if needed, he said, adding that the national utility companies of the two countries had ties going back 20 to 30 years. 

“We faced no problems dealing with Thailand on electricity matters,” Pian added. 

Earlier, both countries signed a joint declaration – the Malaysia-Thailand Dialogue Cooperation Framework. The signatories were Science, Technology and Environment Minister Datuk Law Hieng Ding and his Thai counterpart, Science and Technology Minister Phinij Jarusombat. 

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