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August 23, 2017 18:51 PM

15,000 Households To Benefit From Tawau Geothermal Project

TAWAU, Aug 23 (Bernama) -- The 30MWgeothermal project in Apas Kirihere, which is scheduledto becompleted in May 2019 is expected to benefit about15,000households in the district.

SabahDeputy Chief MinisterTan Sri Pairin Kitingansaid the project developed by Tenaga Green Energy Sdn Bhd (TGE)under the feed-in tariff scheme would also be advantageous to Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd in terms of minimising power loss in its system.

"The project which commenced inNovember 2011will allow Sabah to reduce 800 tonsof carbon dioxide emission annually," he said in a statement here today.

During his visit here yesterday, Pairinalso visited a number ofpump stations.

He said the Public Works Department (JKR) would replace the damaged pump at FajarComplex station in three weeks. The pump was rendered non-functional by rubbishthrown into the manholes whichdirectly entered the pump station.

"Tender for repair of the whole M&Esystem at the pump station has already been awarded byJKR headquarters and hopefully work could commence by early October this year," said Pairin, who isalso SabahInfrastructure Development Minister.

He said the ministry would request for RM800,000 from the Finance Ministry for the repair of leaking underground pipes at theCentral Batu 3 pump station in Jalan Apas.

"We hope the amount would be channelled to Sabah JKR to enable it to call for tender and managethe procurement this year," he said.

Meanwhile,Pairinurged Tawau JKR to liaisewith TawauMunicipal Council (MPT) to use provisions in the law in resolvingthe issueaboutits sewerage asset which had been fenced up by a privateworkshop in the same vicinity, preventingit fromcarrying out an inspection.

He also wantsTawauJKRto discuss with MPT on resolving the problem of black motor oil disposalby auto workshops into the manholes, and other issues such as theft and vandalism.

"If not curbed, repairing orreplacing the equipment would be pointlessand a waste of government funds," he said.



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