KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional Bhd
(TNB) has powered up its RM6bil coal-fired power plant, Manjung 5 at midnight earlier today, three days ahead of its targeted commercial operations date of Oct 1, 2017.
The construction of Manjung 5 in Lumut, Perak took 45 months. The 1,000 megawatt (MW) utilises ultra-supercritical technology, the current gold standard for coal-fired plants in the world.
“We are proud of the hard work the team has done to complete the project ahead of schedule,” TNB vice president of energy ventures Datuk Nor Azman Mufti said in a statement.
TNB said a dedicated team of 88 TNB staff worked on the project since construction started in January 2014. They worked closely with the appointed contractors, a consortium comprising Sumitomo Corporation of Japan and Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd. of Korea.
Nor Azman said TNB was improving the efficiencies of its fleet of thermal plants by deploying the latest ultra-supercritical technology for new coal power plants as it is committed to adopt clean and efficient technologies in power generation.
To date, TNB owns two ultra-supercritical coal-fired plants, namely Manjung 5 and its neighbour, Manjung 4. Both are the first two ultra-supercritical coal-fired plants in Asean.
It is also building another two similar plants, the 2X1,000MW Jimah East plants that will be commissioned in 2019.