Electrical Power Interconnection Project Between Sumatera, Indonesia And Peninsular MalaysiaPrint this page
Date: 26 October 2009
The Electrical Power Interconnection Project between Sumatera, Indonesia and Peninsular Malaysia is one of the projects which have been identified under the proposed ASEAN Power Grid. Since the late eighties, several technical and commercial studies have been carried out jointly by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and PT PLN (Persero) to identify the viability and advantages of the project. PT PLN (Persero) is the governmental body that is responsible for all matters related to electricity supply in Indonesia. The findings of all the joint studies commissioned to date have confirmed that the electrical power interconnection is both technically and economically feasible and brings benefits to both Indonesia and Malaysia. The electrical interconnection project will comprise of about 200km of 250kV overhead High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) double circuit and two 57km of 250kV HVDC submarine cables. The interconnection will have a capacity of 600MW and is scheduled to be operational by 2015. The interconnection will definitely increase the reliability of the power supply systems of both countries. Hence, full support and cooperation of both the Governments of Indonesia and Malaysia is critical in ensuring the success of this electrical interconnection project. TNB and PLN jointly signed the "Head of Agreement" for this project recently on 23 October 2009 in Kuala Lumpur.