Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

KL still studying proposal to build power plant in Sandakan

KOTA KINABALU, 6 December -- The Federal Government is still finalising the proposal to build a 380-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant in Sandakan, says Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

He said this was part of the Government's efforts to ensure the energy reserve margin in Sabah was increased to 25 per cent by 2020 compared with between eight and 10 per cent at present.

"This is not only to ensure the level of power service is raised but also that there is sufficient power in Sabah, as well as, sustainable quality and good power for the future," he said after officiating the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (Seda)'s Open Day here.

Ongkili said the plan was necessary to provide enough electricity supply for the entire east coast, especially in Lahad Datu and Tawau. He stressed the need to have the power plant to prevent a 40 per cent shortfall in electricity supply in the east coast of Sabah next year.

Earlier in his speech, he said Seda had approved 4,628 applications for the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme with a capacity to generate 932.2 megawatt (MW) of renewable energy up to last November.

He added the renewable energy comprised 303.8 MW of biomass, small hydropower (264.8MW), solar photovoltaics (210MW) and biogas (111.7MW).

Ongkili said five renewable energy projects with a 43.4MW capacity were now operating in Sabah.

Of the total, energy generated from biomass amounted to 36.9MW and 6.5MW from hydropower. "For next year, Seda will grant a solar photovoltaics quota of 3MW for Sabah," he said.