TNB’s Manjung 5 plant commissioned, ahead of schedule

By MARK RAO / Graphic by TMR

Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s (TNB) coal-fired power plant in Manjung, Perak, has commenced operations, three days ahead of schedule, while two more plants are expected to be commissioned in 2019.

The plant, touted as Malaysia’s largest electrical utility provider, was initially targeted to be functional on Oct 1. It, however, began its commercial operations at the Manjung 5 (M5) plant at midnight yesterday.

“We are proud of the hard work the team has done to complete the project ahead of schedule,” TNB VP of energy ventures Datuk Nor Azman Mufti said in a statement yesterday.

He added that TNB is improving the efficiencies of its fleet of thermal plants by deploying the latest ultra-supercritical technology for new coal power plants as it is committed to adopting clean and efficient technologies in power generation.

The construction of the RM6 billion M5 power plant along-side M4 is the first two ultra-supercritical coal-fired plants in South-East Asia and took 45 months to complete. Eighty-eight TNB employees worked on the 1,000MW facility with the appointed contractors — namely a consortium comprising Japan’s Sumitomo Corp and the Korea-based Daelim Industrial Co Ltd. Construction of the plant began in January, 2014.

To date, TNB owns two ultra-supercritical coal-fired plants and is in the process of building two similar plants at capacities of 1,000MW respectively in Jimah East, Negri Sembilan. The new plants are slated to be commissioned in 2019.