KEDAH SO­LAR PLANT PROJECT ON TRACK

It is ex­pected to come on­line by early 2018, says Edra

New Straits Times - - Business -

KUALA LUMPUR

IN­DE­PEN­DENT power producer (IPP) Edra Power Holdings Sdn Bhd (Edra) is on track to build its pi­lot large-scale so­lar pho­to­voltaic plant in Kedah by early 2018.

Project Kedah So­lar will be un­der­taken by Edra’s wholly-owned unit, Edra So­lar Sdn Bhd while the so­lar plant will have a gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity of 50 megawatts (MW).

“The Kedah so­lar plant is ex­pected to gen­er­ate ap­prox­i­mately 80,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of elec­tric­ity per year and will be de­vel­oped over 104ha in Ban­dar Kuala Ketil, Kedah,” said Edra pres­i­dent and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Datuk Mark Ling yes­ter­day.

He said the de­vel­op­ment of the so­lar plant would turn for­mer agri­cul­tural land in Kuala Ketil into an in­dus­trial site, thus cre­at­ing a sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive im­pact on the state’s eco­nomic growth.

Project Kedah So­lar is to be de­vel­oped by Edra pur­suant to a con­di­tional award from the En­ergy, Green Tech­nol­ogy and Wa­ter Min­istry.

Edra So­lar en­tered into a land sales and pur­chase (SPA) agree­ment in Au­gust 2015 with BDB Land Sdn Bhd, a sub­sidiary of Bina Daru­la­man Bhd (BDB), for the ac­qui­si­tion of the land par­cel.

Ling said as a Malaysian-based power producer, it was com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing the lo­cal power sec­tor, in­clud­ing the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor.

To this end, said Ling, Edra would cre­ate skilled jobs for Malaysians through Project Kedah So­lar dur­ing the con­struc­tion, op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance of the project, adding that en­gi­neers, op­er­a­tional and man­age­ment team would com­prise pre­dom­i­nantly lo­cals.

Given its sig­nif­i­cance, said Ling, the Kedah gov­ern­ment had ex­tended strong its sup­port to en­sure the smooth im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project.

Gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity via so­lar would pre­vent 36,000 tonnes of car­bon emis­sions per year, thereby sup­port­ing the gov­ern­ment’s ini­tia­tive to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions, he said.

Go­ing for­ward, said Ling, Edra hoped to fur­ther ex­plore work­ing with BDB and the Kedah gov­ern­ment to iden­tify po­ten­tial sites from its cur­rent and fu­ture land­bank, for the de­vel­op­ment of new so­lar farms in the state that would con­trib­ute to the gov­ern­ment’s green pro­gramme.

Edra is one of South­east Asia’s lead­ing IPPs, con­trol­ling a diver­si­fied port­fo­lio of power gen­er­a­tion as­sets across a range of tech­nolo­gies.

The group has a port­fo­lio of 13 power and de­sali­na­tion plants in Malaysia, Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the United Arab Emi­rates, with a to­tal net gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity of 5,529MW and a wa­ter de­sali­na­tion ca­pac­ity of 16 mil­lion im­pe­rial gal­lons per day.

Edra is a wholly-owned sub­sidiary of China Gen­eral Nu­clear Power Corp, a lead­ing global nu­clear en­ergy com­pany with in­vest­ments in more than 25 gi­gawatts of clean and re­new­able en­ergy projects, in­clud­ing wind, so­lar and hy­dro. Ber­nama

MWh of elec­tric­ity ex­pected to be gen­er­ated

per year

Tonnes of car­bon emis­sions pre­vented via so­lar power gen­er­a­tion

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