Malaysia’s KKB Engineering is set to co-operate with China’s State Nuclear Electric Power Planning Design & Research Institute Co Ltd (SNPDRI) to explore power plant construction opportunities in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on Borneo island.

The firms are jointly considering “all types” of power projects including hydropower, KKB executive director Kho Pok Tong said in an interview with Malaysian newspaper The Star Online. 

As set out in a memorandum of understanding (MoU), KKB will identify energy project opportunities in Sarawak, while SNPDRI will contribute planning, consulting, geological surveys, engineering and EPC services for thermal and renewable power projects and T&D-related opportunities.

The two firms said they have already met with utility Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) and the state’s energy ministry to express interest in Sarawak’s power projects.

SEB aims to grow its generation capacity to 7 GW by 2025 to address demand growth that is expected to come with industrial development in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score), where demand is projected to reach 2550 MW by 2020. SEB also aims to generate additional power for export to the rest of Borneo, including Malaysia’s Sabah state, Indonesia’s Kalimantan region and Brunei.

KKB’s core business is steel fabrication, but it has worked on a number of energy sector projects including hydropower plants, coal-fired power plants and oil and gas exploration platforms for companies including SEB, Alstom Hydro Malaysia and solar component manufacturing firms in the Score zone.    

Kho told The Star Online that he hoped the collaboration with SNPDRI would help the firms to pre-qualify for SEB’s planned power projects.