KUALA LUMPUR: No new power plant is needed for the country until the end of next year as electricity demand has dropped from 4.8% last year to this year’s 2.8%, said Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor.
He said the country’s electricity reserve margin was also expected to rise from 42% to 47% next year with the commissioning of a new independent power producer (IPP) in Jimah, Negri Sembilan.
“We don’t have to worry about power supply because we have enough capacity until the end of next year and there is no need to build a new plant,” he said Tuesday after launching Kampus Astro here.
He said the Government also aimed at reducing the reserve margin to 25% by 2015.
Shaziman said five power purchase agreements would expire by 2016. The extension of their contracts would be subject to the availability of gas supply from Petronas.
“Until now, Petronas still cannot give us confirmation on whether there would be gas supply until 2019 and we will have to wait for its reply,” he said.
He added that retired plants could still generate electricity and it would be cheaper to do so.
In his speech, Shaziman urged Astro to be more sensitive to the public’s complaints and the Government’s advice by improving its services and quality.
“The ministry and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission would prefer it if Astro could refer or discuss with us in detail before offering any services that would cause the public to complain,” he said.
Astro chief executive officer Rohana Rozhan said the company was working on its customer service waiting time and making its programmes more relevant for customers.
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