KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) has opened tenders for competitive bidding of another package of the multi-billion ringgit 600MW Balingian coal-fired power plant project in Mukah Division.
Companies which are eligible to bid for Package C4 – administration office and ancillary building works and facilities – are those with registration of UPKJ Class A and CIDB Grade 7.
Tender documents can be purchased at the SEB office at Menara Sarawak Energy until Feb 25, which is also the last day for submission of the documents. A tender briefing will be conducted at the same venue the next day, according to SEB advertisements in local newspapers.
The project comprises nine packages, three of which have been awarded. The main contract for the construction of the proposed 2x300MW power plant was awarded recently to Shanghai Electric Group Co Ltd, a leading Chinese electrical equipment manufacturer, for RM1.5bil.
Shanghai Electric has subsequently appointed Sarawak Cable Bhd as a sub-contractor to undertake power island engineering, procurement and construction works for RM493mil.
According to SEB corporate communication manager Ahadiah Zamhari, also awarded were the project site earthworks (contract value RM98.8mil) and upgrading of a 23km long access road (RM75.5mil). The earthworks are expected to be completed early next year.
The access road-upgrading package is divided into two phases for completion by end-2015 and mid-2016 respectively. Phase 1 (RM49.5mil) is to upgrade the existing gravel road (from KM5 to KM23) to JKR R3 design standard. To be upgraded under Phase 2 is the existing premix road (KMO to KM5) of JKR R1 design standard to R3 design standard which improves the road safety features.
Five other packages which have yet to be awarded are the 33kV supply, 275kV substation, 275kV overhead transmission lines, an operator’s village and an ash pond.
About 45% of the project’s entire development, estimated to cost around RM3bil, would be carried out by local contractors.
Ahadiah said the Balingian plant would be the first coal-fired plant with circulating fludised bed (CFB) boiler of that capacity in Malaysia. Compared with conventional pulverised coal boiler technology, a CFB boiler has the ability to handle a wide range of coal designs, including high moisture coal which is commonly found in Balingian, to ensure total utilisation of the resource. This will significantly improve the plant’s environment footprint.
The proposed Balingian plant, which is slated to produce its first power in late 2017, is the third and largest coal-fired power plant to be built by SEB, which owns the 2x135 MW Mukah power station and 210 MW Sejingkat power station in the state capital. The Balingian plant, which is slated to produce its first power in late 2017, is located about 25km from the Mukah power plant.
The new plant will utilise the abundant indegenous coal resources found in the Mukah-Balingian belt, which has an estimated reserves of 550 million tonnes.
When fully operational, the Balingian plant is expected to consume 5.2 million tonnes of coal per annum, according to the project’s detailed environmental impact assessment report.
Upon commissioned, the Balingian plant would enhance the state grid system to meet the rising power demand from particularly energy-intensive industries in the Samalaju Industrial Park within Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy.