MIRI: The initial power generated by the Bakun hydroelectric project in Sarawak needs to be first supplied to the state before being expanded to Peninsular Malaysia, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui said yesterday.
He said that since the project was expected to begin transmitting power by early next year, there would be a gap in terms of waiting for the completion of the undersea cable project to supply electricity from Sarawak to Peninsular Malaysia.
Speaking to reporters here, he said the undersea cable project was due for completion by 2017 and until then, power from the Bakun project had to be utilised properly for the development in the state.
Chin was commenting on a recent concern over whether Bakun power would be sold to Tenaga Nasional Bhd for use in the peninsula as the electricity was needed to run two proposed aluminium smelters in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy.
“The smelter projects can use the electricity produced by the Bakun hydro almost immediately when it is ready (to supply power),” he said.
The two smelter projects are those initiated by the joint ventures between GIIG Holdings Sdn Bhd and Aluminium Corp of China Ltd as well as between Rio Tinto Alcan and CAHYA MATA SARAWAK BHD. — Bernama
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