View Full Version : We are buying electricity from Spore?

10-06-2011, 02:51 PM
I thought i misread the news that tnb is buying electricity from spore but apparently it has been going on for some time. Something is not very right here. I thought we had all these ipps which are supplying tnb electricity at highly inflated prices and yet we end up buying more from spore. As a resource rich country i would have thought that it would be the other way round. Is there anyone out there with sufficient technical knowledge to give this dumb fella a little understanding of how things became this way? Much appreciated.

10-06-2011, 02:58 PM
Are you sure? Where is this news?

10-06-2011, 03:19 PM

Wahahaaaa..... :D

10-06-2011, 03:29 PM
Thanks, so it's only a temporary measure.

10-06-2011, 03:33 PM
I won't be surprised if one day I hear we also buy water from Singapore :rolleyes:

10-06-2011, 03:39 PM
I won't be surprised if one day I hear we also buy water from Singapore :rolleyes:

I thot they are, no? Sell raw water for 3 sen and buy treated water from them at xxxxx sen!! :D

10-06-2011, 11:32 PM
I won't be surprised if one day I hear we also buy water from Singapore :rolleyes:

be suprised... Johor BUYS treated water from Singapore.... :p

*** back to electricity***

It really makes you wonder how these IPPs got their iron clad contracts done heavily favoring themselves in the first place... None could have materialised WITHOUT the Govt's blessings... BN cronies sets up these shell companies - bring in 'foreign expertise' and builds power plants and sells power to the Govt... and locks in regenerating profits for their cronies... just like so many other "privatised" projects...

If it was truly a genuine business set-up.... IPPs would be forced into selling the excess energy generated as cheap as possible or else TNB would look elsewhere for more energy,... no?

Like everything else in this country... the Govt is living in a dream state and when the cards come falling down... lets pray these idiots don't cause the country to dive straight into anarchy....

11-06-2011, 11:12 AM
Trace it back a little bro.... the company they buy electricity from in Singapore is owned by YTL Malaysia ULTIMATELY... SATU CAMPUR SATU BRO!

11-06-2011, 06:08 PM
Believe it's to do with loading the grid. See, the source of power and the consumption of power will be best near to each other to eliminate the cost of transmission of power. The further away, the efficiency cud be lost in the transmission along the transmission cables. If the power consumption is concentrated around JB and it's nearby areas, and the power has to come from afar such as Seremban and the north, the lost of power along the grid can be enormous. As such, it might be cheaper to buy power from S'pore to feed into the southern region around JB if there is cheap power available. Why not. It's economics. Dun think we can blame them if they do their maths unless if they didn't work it out.

Question is whether it is cheaper or not. And if so, TNB shud pass on the benefit. If not, TNB must provide a satisfactory answer. Yes, it might be loss in foreigh exchange, but then it's also about economics. Why shud the consumer pay more if it can be made available for less, right? Afterall, electrical energy is the same whether it comes from S'pore of from Thailand as long as it is 50cycles/minute and within the specs of 415volts 3phase. :p