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TNB ready to power MRT works

July 18, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is ready to provide electricity supply for use in the country’s mega project, MyRapid Transit (MRT) Klang Valley (Sungai Buloh-Kajang), said its general manager (Kuala Lumpur) Abdul Aziz Jaafar.

TNB has no problem in providing the power supply as the national utility company has excess capacity and this is not expected to create any problem for TNB in the future, he said.

“There is sufficient supply in the system… we have an electricity power capacity of 6,480 megawatts (MW) and the amount of daily use or maximum demand only comes to 2219 MW or 34%. TNB still has excess capacity of 66% that could be supplied to new clients, including MRT.

“The projek only requires 50 MW… and this is not a burden to us,” he told Bernama in an interview.

The MRT is the most comprehensive long-term city public transport project in the history of the country’s public transport and is expected to be fully operational in 2017.

Abdul Aziz said TNB Kuala Lumpur had also recorded a loss of more than RM14 million due to power theft from September 2011 to March this year, involving 2,000 cases on which action had been taken.

The losses do not include 2,000 more cases on which action are being taken and other cases such as the theft of TNB devices like cables, high tension cable wires and metal electricity conductors.

“TNB is regularly working on beating these immoral activities as they could give a negative picture to foreign investors,” he said.

Abdul Aziz also appealed for an end to these activities, saying that it will be in the interest of everyone.

TNB is Malaysia’s largest power utility company with an estimated asset value of RM71.4 billion. It has 28,000 employees throughout Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah.

- Bernama


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