KUALA LUMPUR: The first unit of Tenaga Nasional’s 70% owned Jimah East Power achieved commercial operation date at midnight on Wednesday.
The power giant said this on Thursday added another 1,000 megawatts (MW) to Peninsular Malaysia’s existing generation capacity.
Jimah East Power is building two units of 1,000 MW ultra-supercritical (USC) coal-fired power plant in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. They are Tenaga's third and fourth super-efficient coal-fired power plant to date.
“The plants are strategically located and are crucial in reinforcing the security of Peninsular Malaysia’s power supply, ” Tenaga said.
Jimah East Power’s second unit (another 1,000 MW) is on track to achieve its commercial operation date in December 2019.
Apart from Tenaga, Mitsui & Co. Ltd and The Chugoku Electric Power Co. Ltd each hold 15% of Jimah East Power.
Tenaga has two other units USC coal-fired plants i.e. Manjung 4 and Manjung 5 in Lumut, Perak. Both are among the first USC coal-fired plants in Asean.
USC technology is an efficient coal-burning technology with 40% efficiency compared with pulverised coal-firing technology, which has a 36% efficiency.