Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Minister’s Visit To TSH Berhad Biomass Power Station In Tawau

TAWAU (March 8, 2014): Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili commended TSH Bhd as a “green industrialist” who made big achievements in its approaches to capitalise on the huge potential of bio waste.

Dr Maximus who visited the company’s biomass power station on Friday said TSH Bhd was a model for its palm bio-integration approach undertaken through its integrated complex that has a biomass power plant, a biogas power plant as well as pulp and paper plant.

The integrated complex is powered by renewable green energy from a 14MW biomass co-generation plant, and is the first biomass power plant in the country to be connected to the grid. Commissioned in 2005, it supplies up to 10MW of green electricity to the Sabah grid. The co-generation plant generates electricity and industrial steam from solid by-product of the mill.

The complex also recently started its biogas power plant as another eco-friendly project to tap sustainable energy from wastewater generated from palm oil mill effluent (POME). Its key processes of methane gas recovery and utilisation for electricity generation results in reduced greenhouse gases emission.

Dr Maximus was also told during his visit that all five of TSH’s renewable energy projects were registered as Clean Development Mechanism projects under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Besides this, the integrated complex also has a pulp and paper plant that converts solid by-product into value added pulp and paper.

“TSH is a model green plantation with zero waste. If just 20 of the around 130 oil palm mills in Sabah could tap their waste resource in the same manner, that could easily be 200MW of renewable energy injected into the Sabah green energy pool,” said Dr Maximus.

He added that at present renewable energy made up 0.85% of the country's energy mix and the government hoped to reduce dependency on depleting fossil fuel by encouraging the development of renewable energy.

“Our target is to increase the contribution of renewable energy to 5.5% of our energy mix in the near future. As such, effort such as that by TSH is commendable to fully utilise bio waste to generate energy using green technology,” he said.