Borneo Post posted on 22nd November that about RM57 million was approved under the 10th Malaysia Plan for upgrading the electricity generation system in the Tenom Pangi hydro power station at Sabah.
Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) managing director Ir Haji Abdul Razak Sallim said the project would boost the existing power generation capacity of 66 MW to 75 MW and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. The said station has been in operation for 30 years and is time for upgrading to support the generation of electricity to consumers in the state.
Currently there are total of 81 MW of hydro power in Sabah and will continue be the focus of renewable energy development for SESB, as mentioned by one of the speaker during the SESB's Sustainable Energy Convention held on 14th and 15th of November.
12 sites have been identified as feasible hydro power with total capacity of 782 MW. SESB estimates that by 2023, the state's total hydro power would stand at 880 MW. Existing 180 MW Upper Padas hydro development will be the biggest in SESB's road map and is targeted to be completed in 2019.
Upper Padas hydro power would consist of 3 x 60 MW Francis turbines. 120 MW would be firm supply and 60 MW would be for peak hours. The dam will be 120 meters tall with volume of 925,000 cubic meters. Below picture is taken from the presentation during the convention.