Sabah in urgent need of green plan to fix power woes

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 23 Mar 2010

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah needs an immediate and efficient green energy plan to resolve its power woes once and for all.

Kalabakan MP Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh said that Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd should abandoned its plans for a 300MW coal plant and instead look at the potential of green energy from abundant supply of oil palm biomass.

He said the SESB insistence of going ahead with a coal-fired power plant was completely wrong as coal usage was outdated, an environmental problem and the fuel had to be imported.

“It is not a security. How reliable is the coal supply especially we have to import its fuel and what happens if countries like Indonesia stop such exports?” said the outspoken MP whose Tawau constituency has been in hit by frequent power failures.

He said it was also uneconomical in the long run to use coal as a source of energy and such fuel was not friendly to Sabah’s fragile eco environment.

Ghapur said that enough studies had been done by experts to confirm that biomass was a sufficient resource in Sabah to provide green energy and could reduce production cost to RM0.20 per unit.

Furthermore, the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry had also confirmed the abundance of about 8 million tones of Biomass from 160 palm oil mills.

The implementation of this new alternative energy source can be done through building 50 green power plants of 10 mega watts per plant which would result to grand total of 500 mega watt thought-out the state of Sabah, he said.

The development of these green power plants should be positioned near the grid thus providing much needed electricity source to the rural community, he added.

He said such a measure would also give the country a a good reputation and image as it had committed itself to reduce carbon emission by 40% at the Copenhagen Energy Summit last year.

He also noted that Sabah would stand to earn carbon credits if it fully tapped its biomass energy for reducing green house emission according to the Kyoto Protocol.

Ghapur felt that state agencies like Yayasan Sabah should take the lead in the implementation of green energy as it was an effective, cheap and reliable power source for the state that treasured its environment.

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