Malaysian power company Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is to build two 1,000MW advanced coal-fired power plants in Manjung in the northern state of Perak to meet increasing demand for electricity.
Construction of both plants will start in November with completion planned for 2017.
TNB’s vice president for generation, Zainuddin Ibrahim, made the announcement at a coal-users’ conference. He said that on average Malaysia’s daily power demand is about 15,000-16,000MW, and power consumption is expected to increase by 5 per cent annually.
The government-linked company’s power generation ratio is 35 to 40 per cent from coal-fired power plants, 50 per cent from natural gas and the remainder is from renewable energy.
Malaysia consumes about 42 million tonnes of coal a year, with more than 80 per cent imported from Australia, South Africa and Indonesia. It has no coal reserves of its own.