KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s first of the two proposed 1,000 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plants owned and run by subsidiary Jimah East Power Sdn Bhd has started producing electricity.
This expanded Peninsular Malaysia's existing generation capacity to 22,748 MW, said TNB in a statement today.
The national power utility company said Jimah East was building the ultra-supercritical (USC) coal-fired power plants in Port Dickson, Negi Sembilan.
The first 1,000 MW power plant achieved its commercial operation date (COD) at midnight, it added.
"The two plants are strategically located and are crucial in reinforcing the security of Peninsular Malaysia's power supply.”
Jimah East's second 1,000MW plant was s on track to achieve its COD in December, TNB said.
Apart from the Jimah East project, TNB's two other USC coal-fired plants are Manjung 4 and Manjung 5 in Lumut, Perak.
Both are among the first ultra-supercritical coal-fired plants in Southeast Asia.
TNB said USC technology is an efficient coal-burning technology with 40 per cent efficiency compared with conventional coal-fired power plant which has a 36 per cent efficiency.
TNB owns a 70 per cent stake in Jimah East while Mitsui & Co Ltd and The Chugoku Electric Power Co Ltd hold 15 per cent each.