Jimah unit gets nod to use clean coal tech

PORT DICKSON: Coal-fired energy plant Jimah Energy Ventures Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jimah Energy Ventures Holdings (JEVH), has obtained the Government’s approval to utilise clean coal technology to produce electricity at its independent power producer plant in Jimah, near here. 

Energy Water and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Lim Keng Yaik said through the technology, the emission level from the plant would be kept to the minimum in accordance with conditions set by the Department of Environment. 

“The technology is also considered the most advanced and highly dependable in power generation with minimal effects on the environment,” he said after the ceremony to mark the commencement of works on the plant here.  

An artist’s impression of the Jimah coal-powered plant in Jimah, Port Dickson

The ceremony was witnessed by Yang Di-Pertuan Besar of Negri Sembilan, Tuanku Ja’afar Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, JEVH chairman Tunku Naquiyuddin Tuanku Ja’afar and Tenaga Nasional Bhd chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie. 

Lim said the coal used by the plant would be mainly imported from Australia, Indonesia, South Africa and China. A 1.4-km jetty would be constructed to unload the material from ships. 

He said the RM6mil plant would commission two coal-fired generating units with net capacity of 700 megawatts (MW) each. 

Electricity from the plant would be channelled via a generator transformer to interconnection facilities connected to the National Grid System, he said. 

“I am also confident that the plant could start operations according to schedule by Jan 1, 2009, for the first phase and July 1, 2009 for the second,” Lim added. 

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