Ong wants ministry to reveal name of consortium awarded job to build solar farm three times the size of 1MDB's contract
PETALING JAYA: The energy ministry has been challenged to name the private firm which has been awarded a contract to build a solar farm that will produce 150 megaWatts of power.
The DAP’s Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, said it was unacceptable for the ministry to announce the contract last week without naming the consortium involved, and urged the government to award future contracts by open tender for solar farm installations.
The energy ministry’s secretary-general, Lo Took Gee, was reported in January to have said that a 150 megaWatt solar farm contract had previously been awarded to a “consortium that is financially and technically strong” on a fast-track basis to begin operations next year. She said requests for proposals would be issued for 250 megaWatt plants to come on stream in 2018.
Ong said the 150mW contract was “highly unacceptable from the perspective of disclosure and transparency” especially as the solar farm was three times the size awarded to 1MDB.
Even the contract to 1MDB Solar Sdn Bhd to build a 50 megaWatt solar farm, awarded without tender in 2014 was unacceptable as 1MDB did not have any experience in solar energy, he said.
It was also reported that 1MDB had been given the right to develop utility scale solar farms with up to a 500mW capacity, he said.
By contrast, open balloting was carried out for households and small-scale solar installations of less than 425kW for the Feed-in-Tariff quotas of the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA).
Ong said SEDA seemed to be “completely cut off from the process of awarding these contracts” even though the authority was empowered to advise the minister and implement policies on renewable energy.