More power plants needed

The Star Online, May 5, 2010 by Elaine Ang

PETALING JAYA : The race is on for more plant-ups by power producers to ensure that there is sufficient power reserve margin in Peninsular Malaysia.

OSK Research director and research head Chris Eng estimates that the reserve margin for Peninsular Malaysia will be 46.8% by end August.

Without new sources of energy, the power reserve margin would drop below the critical 20% by 2016. Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) aims to keep the reserve margin above 20%.

The general view is that 700MW to 1,000MW would need to be added to the national grid by 2015 to preserve the reserve margin buffer