Malaysia orders 2100 MW plant

TNB Janamanjung Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Malaysian utility Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) has placed and order with an Alstom consortium for a 2100 MW coal fired power plant at Manjung, Perak state. The project is being financed by export credit loans from Britain`s Export Credit Guarantee Department and supported by French export credit insurer Coface.

A consortium of Alstom and Peremba Construction Sdn Bhd will develop the project. British bank HSBC Holdings is arranging the financing. Work on the plant was due to begin in July 1999, with commercial operation of the first unit scheduled for September 2002.

The power plant will comprise three 700 MW units, the largest in Malaysia. Alstom will supply the main equipment including the boilers, steam turbines and generators. Peremba Construction will participate in the erection, civil works and the main electrical and control and instrumentation equipment.

With demand for power in Malaysia growing at five per cent and the gradual economic recovery, Alstom is confident of the success of the project. The company has also said that it sees potential for supplying equipment to other Asian countries, including Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore and India.