Tagged: electricity

Sarawak: Where has all the $$ gone?

Those travelling for the first time to Sarawak might be shocked to discover the poor condition of roads, even in urban areas.

And if you venture further away from the cities and towns, you might find folks without proper piped water and regular electricity supply and people still using pit latrines. And all the while, some of the political elites and their business cronies in Kuching enjoy ostentatious life-styles, their families having accumulated millions. (more…)


Murum Dam misery for displaced Penan

A few days ago, The Star reported that the relocation of seven Penan villages affected by the proposed RM3 billion Murum Dam in Belaga, Sarawak would be carried out according to the findings of a social and environmental impact assessment.

State environmental adviser James Dawos was reported as saying that the government had appointed consultants to conduct the study, expected to be completed by year-end, and would consider their report before coming up with a resettlement plan. The villages affected are Long Wat, Long Luar, Long Tangau, Long Menapa, Long Singu, Long Malim and Long Uba. Long Wat villagers face double jeopardy: they are to be “temporarily relocated” (to enable the construction of a cofferdam to divert the river) before later resettlement.

Here’s what one analyst had to say in response:

The major omission in this news report is that it does not canvass the views of the affected Penan.



IPP team leader brandishes gun at talks with Sabah TNB

Big money is at stake in negotiations between national electricy corporation TNB and private electricity producers (IPPs).

The stakes can get really high. Check out what happened in Sabah during negotiations between TNB subsidiary Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) and an IPP said to be Sabah-based.

This report from the NST:

Present were 14 people, including TNB officers, representatives from the IPP and the TNB subsidiary, as well as lawyers and an official from the Energy, Water and Communications Ministry.

The discussion was to thrash out a deal for TNB to purchase power from the IPP, which has a 100MW capacity.



Tenaga goes downhill – and it wants to take over Bakun


Tenaga has posted a loss before tax of RM0.8 billion for its first quarter ended 30 November 2008 compared to a profit before tax of RM1.6 billion for the same period in 2007.

The amazing thing is that it made a forex translation loss of RM1.4 billion in the first quarter.  That’s right, RM1.4 billion in one quarter.

And now it wants to take over the jinxed and problem-plagued Bakun Dam from Sarawak Hidro. Good luck, Tenaga – you will need it.



Petrol price down; electricity tariffs still the same

The crude oil price is now close to US$50 per barrel. The price of natural gas has plunged since July 2008. Coal, which at one time was US$192/tonne, is now hovering around US$80/tonne.

Earlier when the prices were soaring, Tenaga Nasional hiked its electricity tariffs on 1 July 2008.

The electricity tariff hike was to cover the gas price increase and to partially offset the rise in coal prices, which had also gone up 170% since 2007, said the TNB chief back then.

Now that fuel prices have fallen, blog reader Desmond is wondering why TNB hasn’t reduced its rates.

When the fuel price went up, Tenaga said their cost had gone up and it hiked the electricity tariff.

Now petrol and gas prices have dropped and even fuel oil and transport costs, shipping charges for coal delivery, and the price of coal itself has gone down in the world markets but why is the Tenaga electricity tariff still so high when it should have gone down as well?

Something is not right here.