Malaysian utility firm Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is making substantial strides in its commitment to drive largescale renewable energy (RE) and clean technology initiatives, spearheading three pivotal flagship projects as outlined in the National Energy Transition Roadmap (NETR).

In a statement on last Friday, TNB President and Chief Executive Officer Baharin Din unveiled the firm’s plans to generate a total of 3,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy by 2040 within the ambit of its NETR flagship projects.

This includes harnessing 2,500MW through innovative hybrid hydro-floating solar (HHFS) technology, alongside an additional 500MW from five distinct LSSPs, with a 100MW capacity each.

According to him, the HHFS project will be executed in four phases from 2023 to 2040, located at TNB hydro dam reservoirs.

He said that TNB Power Generation Sdn Bhd (TNB Genco) will lead the construction of a 230MW capacity installation at the Temenggor and Chenderoh hydro plants as part of the 2.5GW pipeline. The project targets completion by 2025.

“TNB’s role as the champion behind the Large-Scale Solar Park (LSSP), Hybrid Hydro-Floating Solar (HHFS), and co-firing hydrogen and ammonia projects, all of which are integral to advancing the nation’s green agenda while fostering economic growth,” he said.

He also said TNB’s Energy Transition Plan aligns with the NETR, emphasizing three key pillars: accelerating generation decarbonization, developing a flexible cross-border grid, and empowering crosssector electrification and prosumers.

Baharin also said that TNB’s New Energy Division (NED) is supporting the Corporate Green Power Program (CGPP) and is set to generate 90MW when it becomes operational in 2025.

According to him, the program addresses the growing demand for sustainable energy solutions through LSSPs, complementing existing projects in Sepang, Selangor (50MW), Bukit Selambau (30MW) and Bukit Selambau 2 (50MW) Kedah which is projected to be fully operational by the end of this year.

It is noted that TNB is partnering with National Petroleum Limited (Petronas) for co-firing hydrogen and ammonia projects and with Mitsui & Chugoku for ammonia and biomass initiatives, aiming to diversify its energy sources.

“Small-scale co-firing projects are underway at selected coal plants in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan (Jimah East Power), and Lumut, Perak (Manjung 1 and Manjung 4). This Front End Engineering Design (FEED) phase serves as a crucial prerequisite for the co-firing implementation, that we are targeting for specific coal assets,” he said.

He also said TNB is on track to achieve its 8.3GW renewable energy (RE) target by 2025.

“As of June 2023, we have already achieved 48 per cent of our total target capacity. Including NETR Part 1 projects, we anticipate adding another 1,200MW of domestic RE capacity by 2025,

“We firmly believe that domestic RE will play a pivotal role in our portfolio, aligning with the nation’s objective of reaching 70 per cent installed RE capacity by 2050,” he added.

He noted that TNB is actively fostering partnerships with regional counterparts to support the realisation of the ASEAN Power Grid (APG).

“We have secured 10 Memorandum of Understanding and Letters of Intent, signifying our commitment to advancing interconnection infrastructure development and renewable energy investments,

“This underscores TNB’s dedication to regional collaboration and sustainable energy progress,” he said.

Baharin also emphasized that these NETR initiatives would not only contribute significantly to the nation’s economy but also to meeting the country’s net zero carbon aspiration.

“We take pride in TNB’s ability to make significant contributions to the Nation through our participation in pivotal projects while simultaneously ensuring the readiness of our Grid for the challenges of the future,” he said.

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