PENANG, 15 Jan 2009: Tenaga Nasional Berhad (Tenaga) plans to invest about RM200 million to upgrade electricty supply to Penang to meet the power needs of its industrial areas.
Its president/chief executive officer Datuk Seri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh said of the amount, RM80.9 million would be used for upgrading supply infrastructure while another RM100 million had been earmarked for a main intake sub-station (PMU) at Batu Kawan.
“The RM80.9 million will include the laying of new cables to replace the existing ones that had been in place for nearly 40 years,” he told reporters after a meeting with Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng here today.
Che Khalib said the upgrading of electricity supply by Tenaga would also include the laying of ten new cable lines in Georgetown.
He assured the state government that with the upgrading, power supply disruption at Penang’s industrial areas would be restored within five minutes.
On the PMU project at Batu Kawan, Che Khalib said the exact amount and development period had yet to be finalised.
“It will be built to meet the power needs of Batu Kawan industrial area. The project must be implemented with care, taking into consideration the power needs and timing.”
Che Khalib said Tenaga would ensure that adequate power supply was in place at Batu Kawan before the investors could start operating there.
“As such, we need the cooperation from the state government on the size of investments to be made and the investment period,” he added. — Bernama