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Contingency planning for Y2K

With the Year 2000 just around the corner, it`s probably already too late for power companies who have not already started to make preparations. For these, and power companies which have been unable to test their entire plant, it will be a case of signing up for emergency support. PEi listened to what Siemens has to offer.

Bakun revival

The Malaysian government is to go ahead with the deferred Bakun hydropower project with the state utility Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) taking a leading role. The giant multi-million dollar project was postponed in 1997 due to the economic downturn.

Prospects for IPPs remain bright

To better understand the future dynamics of the Asian IPP market, Datamonitor recently conducted an end-user survey with all the major IPPs in Asia - with some interesting results.

A new era of change

Since the onset of the Asian financial crisis in 1997, three questions have been asked repeatedly: whether the power market will recover, and if so, when and to what extent? But less frequently asked is whether the power market in the Asia-Pacific is the same market that we knew before the crisis.

Blending into the mix

Successful coal blending requires finding a careful balance between fuel costs and plant performance. A recent study of a Malaysian power plant shows how utility TNB could reduce fuel costs while avoiding boiler operating problems normally associated with firing low-grade coals.

Floating power plant for Sri Lanka

A 60 MW barge mounted power plant has been ordered by Colombo Power (Private) Ltd, for its new independent power plant at Colombo, Sri Lanka. The plant will be supplied by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Company (Mitsui) of Japan.

YTL up:

Malaysian construction and power group YTL Corp. has reported a year-on-year rise in net profits of 35 per cent to M$235m ($61.8m) for the six months to end December 1998. Lucrative long-term deals to supply electricity to state power utility TNB, and investment income helped profits. Operating profits rose 9.5 per cent to M$382m. Sales turnover fell 11 per cent to M$1.02bn.

Japan:

Japan`s Overseas Economic Corporation Fund is providing nearly $0.9bn in loans to Malaysia, about half of which will go toward improving electricity and water supply in the country. The Port Dickson Power Rehabilitation Project is receiving $419m which will see the Port Dickson power station replaced with a more stable combined cycle power plant.

Transforming transmission development

Strong economic growth in the mid-1990s led the Malaysian government to embark on major infrastructure development to fuel its `tiger` economy. This included the construction of a 500 kV transmission network and associated substations across Peninsula Malaysia. Now almost complete, the system waits for the economy to kick-start once more.

TNB to divest plants

Malaysian power utility Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has identified five power plants for divestment under its restructuring plan. The company has denied that the main aim of the sale is to raise cash to service its debts.

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