Malakoff spends RM300m on plant


MALAKOFF Bhd, which owns 90% stakes in the Tanjung Bin power plant, has spent about RM300mil on ground levelling works and temporary buildings to house site office and stores for the country's largest and first coal-fired power station. 

“We are now moving into the next stage - construction of the plant's first generator - which is expected to be operational at the end of August 2006,” managing director Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said after the plant's ground breaking by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman here yesterday. 

The RM7.8bil plant, located opposite Port of Tanjung Pelepas across the Pulai River, will have three generators - each capable of producing 700MW of electricity. 

Ahmad Jauhari Yahaya (second from left) showing Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman a picture of the proposed Tanjung Bin Power station after the ground breaking ceremony. - STARpic by ABDAUL RAHMAN EMBONG

Jauhari said the second generator would start producing power in February 2007; and the third, six months later. 

He said the plant would be equipped with the latest flue gas desulfuriser and electrostatic persipitator systems to ensure the lowest level of emissions. 

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Indonesia and Australia will be the main suppliers of coal for the power station. 

“We have been assured by them that there would be sufficient supply of coal,” Jauhari said. The plant's entire output will be supplied to TNB. 

Abdul Ghani, in his speech, said construction of the plant, sited on a 250ha, marked the beginning of huge economic opportunities in the area; there would be a lot of spillover from the project. 

“Nearby residents can think about opening restaurants and grocery stores; and for those who prefer fixed salaries, there would be about 5,000 employment opportunities,” he said.  

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