Thestar : Sarawak to build new power station

Sarawak to build new power station
Friday February 24, 2006

KUCHING: Sarawak will build a 270-megawatt coal-fired power station in Mukah Division in the central region.

The state Cabinet approved the project at its meeting yesterday, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

He said work on the project, planned to take advantage of local coal resources, was expected to start this year and would be completed in two-and-a-half years.

The total project cost has not been calculated yet, he said.

Taib said the power station would support a transmission loop between Mukah and Sarikei, as the central region, including Sibu, was now dependent on the sole transmission line from Bintulu.

He said the new transmission line would act as a back-up in case of disruption of power supply from the Bintulu station.