Tuesday, May 27, 2008

RM270mil upgrade of TNB system - The Star

May 27, 2008

SEVERAL projects costing more than RM270mil to upgrade the Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) delivery system are now being implemented in Penang.

To ensure continuous electricity supply, TNB will be carrying out improvement works in stages, Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said.

He said this in a written reply to an oral question from Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is also Bagan MP, during the recent Parliamentary sitting. The reply was faxed to The Star in Penang.

Shaziman said enhancement works involving the Bayan Lepas and Prai Industrial Estate main substation intake (PMU) should be ready by the end of next year.

“A new PMU will be built in Bayan Mutiara. This should be ready by the end of 2011.

“By 2012, rehabilitation works at PMU Bukit Tengah should also be ready,” he said.

He added that RM103mil would be spent on improving the supply of electricity.

“We will be building main distribution substations (PPU) in Jalan Mahsuri and Bukit Minyak. These substations will be ready by next year. Other rehabilitation projects will also be undertaken at several PPUs in the state,” he said.

Lim had asked Shaziman whether TNB was prepared to ensure that there would not be any more power disruptions to Prai Industrial Estate, Bayan Lepas and Bukit Minyak where manufacturing and high technology industries are centred.

In another oral question, Lim asked Transport Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat for the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) development and cost details.

The minister’s written reply stated that the second phase of the NBCT expansion project was now being undertaken in stages.

“The cost of Phase Two is RM233.36miI and is financed by Penang Port Sdn Bhd.

“The last stage in Phase Two will involve the construction of a container yard which should be completed by July. The office building will be ready next year,” he said, adding that the cost of building the yard included payment for sand royalty.

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