SEB’s second coal-fired plant set for mid 2018 commissioning

Menara Sarawak Energy

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KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Bhd’s (SEB) second coal-fired power plant in Balingian, Mukah Division could be commissioned in the middle of next year.

The state’s power generation company vice president James Ung Sing Kwong, said the RM3 billion, 600Mw plant, which utilises Chinese technology, is currently undergoing testing for commissioning.

The plant, located about 25km from SEB first coal-fired plant – the Mukah power plant – would be the first coal-fired plant with circulating fluidised bed (CFB) boiler in Malaysia – the latest in clean technology.

Compared with conventional pulverised coal boiler technology, a CFB boiler has the ability to handle a wide range of coal types, including high moisture coal which is commonly found in Balingian.

Ung said the coal supply is sourced locally in Balingian with Sarawak Coal Resources Sdn Bhd supplying half of the plants needs of about 3 million tonnes a year with the other 50% supplied by SEB’s coal subsidiary.

SEB was award three General Prospecting Licences (GPLs) for coal exploration in Balingian in 2015.

Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, then in his ministerial position as Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment said the coal prospecting was to ensure reliability of supply to the new plant.

The area for prospecting covers more than 40,000 hectares and it was “around the plant”.

The coal reserve in the Mukah-Balingian area is estimated to be 550 million tonnes.

The new Balingian plant is the third and largest of SEB’s coal-fired power plants.

The other two are the 270Mw Mukah power station and 210Mw Sejingkat power station just outside Kuching city. –