Saturday, April 25, 2009

Must be one reaaaaaaaaally long cable...

Was just surfing on Star Online when I stumbled on this:

Another example of how people just can't tell the difference. I don't think I need to say any more.

The full story, in case Star Online realises its mistake, goes like this:

Go-ahead for Sabah-Johor undersea electricity cable
MIRI: At least 10,000 megawatts of electricity from the RM6bill-Bakun hydro-electric dam project in central Sarawak will be supplied to peninsula Malaysia so that every states there will have adequate and uninterrupted supply of power for households and industries.
The Cabinet has decided that the undersea-power transmission cable project between the southern tip of Sarawak and Johor must proceed so that energy from Bakun can be channeled via the bed of the South China Sea to Johor and then to the rest of peninsula Malaysia.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui said the Cabinet during its recent meeting agreed that it would be better to undertake the undersea-power cable project rather than to continue building new power plants in the peninsula states.
''Over the long term, it will be more economical and viable to transmit power from Bakun to peninsula Malaysia even though the undersea-cable project would be very costly.
''This project will ensure that folks in peninsula Malaysia get constant and adequate supply of electricity at a rate that would be much better compared to what they will have to pay if we (Government) were to allow more power plants to be build in the states in the peninsula.
''The costs of having to build more power plants in peninsula states will be much more as compared to the costs of the undersea-cable project,'' he said when interviewed after presenting grants for minor projects at the Sarawak United People's Party here.
Chin said that the 10,000 MWs from Bakun should be enough to meet the needs of the whole of the peninsula, but stressed that the amount could be increased as and when the needs arise.
The great benefit of hydro-power is that it can be increased when needed, he said, pointing out that Sarawak itself will have an abundant source of hydro-power that will be enough to meet not just the nation's needs, but also the needs of regional countries.
Asked who will handle the undersea-cable project, Chin said a joint-venture would be undertaken by Tenaga Nasional Bhd and Sarawak Elctricity Board to carry out the job.
The cost of the undersea-cable project has not been finalised as yet, he said, adding that the rates at which power would be sold to the peninsula is also being worked out.
Bakun is expected to be operational by 2011.
''Sarawak will sell to Kalimantan, Sabah and even the southern Philippines as well because there will be much electricity to be generated not only from Bakun, but also from the other hydro-dams that will be build under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) project,'' he said.
Chin said Sarawak will have the capacity to generate electricity reserve of up to 28,000 Mws from the SCORE project.


Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tinggi tinggi Kinabalu... part 2

I know... I know... It's been ages since my last post. There's a reason for that.

I'll tell you all about it in another post.

This post is reserved for a little discovery I made three days ago.

And I'm going to share it with you guys.

Are you ready?

Okay, here goes.

Contrary to what most of us have been brought up to believe, Mount Kinabalu.... is not the tallest mountain in Southeast Asia.

In case you didn't get that, I'm gonna say it one more time.

Mount Kinabalu is not Southeast Asia's tallest mountain.

Takes a while for it to sink in, doesn't it?

Well, I felt the same way when a colleague of mine who is from India popped my bubble the other day.

And get this, Mt Kinabalu is not even second or third tallest in Southeast Asia.

If you go to Tourism Malaysia's website or Sutera Sanctuary's website, they'll tell you otherwise though.

On Tourism Malaysia's site, put your mouse on the Sabah map and see the description.

As for Sutera Sanctuary's, look out for the reference in the second paragraph.

Now go Google Mount Kinabalu and see what you get.

It's a conspiracy I tell you.

I wonder what else the Government is hiding from us.