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First geothermal power project found abandoned Minister

5 month ago, 06-Dec-2018

Yeo Bee Yin

KUALA LUMPUR: The countrysfirst geothermal power plant project in Sabahwhich should be operational byDec 31 2017, is now found abandoned and overgrown with weeds, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Energy, Science, Technology,Environment and Climate Change Minister Yeo Bee Yin said based on her visit to the site of the project which was implemented on July 2 2015, the plant was found not showing any progress.

Forexample, drilling has stopped in the third quarter of 2016 and slim hole had been closed…all cabins and drilling equipment are no longer at the site, no workers were foundthere and the areais covered with overgrowth, she said during Ministers Question Time.

She was replying tothe original question by Chan FoongHin (PH-KotaKinabalu) who wanted the government to state the status onthe construction of the power plant in ApasKiri, Tawau.

The project which was developed by Tawau Green Energy Sdn Bhd appeared to have stoppedoperation andtherefore on Aug 29 2018, the government through the Sustainable EnergyDevelopment Authority (Seda) decided to cancel the approval given.

Yeo said the 37 megawatt generation incentive quotafrom the project would be redistributed to other viable renewable energy projects especiallybiogas, biomass and hydro.

On a supplementary question by Chan on whether the government would ensure the project is saved as RM35million from Private Public Partnership Unit had been spent, Yeo said at the moment,there are plans for the project.

This is because geothermal projects sometimes cost more than new energy sources but we will study the technology and suitability of the project from time to time.

When it makesbusiness sense, we will continue with implementation. Nonetheless we will offer the project again through open tender, she said. – Bernama


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