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Hydropower in Malaysia on the rise – thanks to Austrian technology

10. August 2016

The Ulu Jelai hydroelectric project, which commenced construction in 2011, is about to be completed in the third quarter of 2016. The RM 4.2 bil mammoth project, located in Cameron Highlands, is supposed to add another 372 MW to Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s (TNB) hydroelectric generation capacity. After commissioning, Ulu Jelai will increase TNB’s total hydro installed capacity to 2,533 MW and boost the national utility’s ability to meet the surge in demand at peak hours.

ANDRITZ HYDRO, a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, received an order for the turnkey delivery of the complete electrical and mechanical works for the hydropower plant.

ANDRITZ HYDRO  delivered and installed two Francis units (water turbine) including synchronous generators, the hydromechanical equipment, and all mechanical auxiliaries and electrical power systems. As a commitment to support local industries, ANDRITZ HYDRO maximized the local content of the project, manufacturing 80% of electrical equipment and steel structures locally. 

According to a United Nations report, the project will reduce carbon dioxide emission by approximately 250,000 tonnes per year by substituting conventional power generators that run on coal and other fossil fuels during peak periods. 

For further information on the Ulu Jelai Project and ANDRITZ HYDRO please make sure to visit the project website