Local material used in Prai power plant


BY DAVID TAN

PRAI Power Sdn Bhd (PPSB), a wholly owned subsidiary of Malakoff Bhd, sourced a “substantial portion” of the “contents” locally for use in its RM980mil power plant in Prai Industrial Estate. Malakoff Bhd managing director Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told The Star that local suppliers and contractors provided the raw materials and construction work for the plant.  

“As for the equipment and machinery used, we had to import them. Currently, there is no local company with the economies of scale to produce turbines locally,” he said, adding that even in the United States, the machinery and equipment for power plants are imported.  

Ahmad Jauhari: ‘Plant capable of supplying 350MW of electricity’

“So, until we have companies in the country that can produce turbines cost effectively, such equipment and machinery will have to be imported,” he said after the official opening of the plant by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.  

Ahmad Jauhari said the power plant in Prai engaged about 40 staffers.  

“The plant, which will supply power to Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) for another 21 years, is capable of supplying 350MW of electricity,” he said.  

Ahmad Jauhari said Malakoff was currently constructing an RM7.8bil power plant in Tanjung Bin, Johor.  

“The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion in 2006. The plant has the capacity to supply 2,100MW of electricity,” he said.  

Besides this plant in Prai Industrial Estate, Malakoff also owns and operates two other plants in Lumut, Perak.

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