Malaysian utility signs MoU on capacity building with Belgian operator


The MoU enables the two to jointly implement some 13 projects over a period of between 2 to 3 years.

According to a statement, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Elia will share knowledge in asset management, grid infrastructure development, renewable energy integration, cross-boundary system and market operations and will jointly research and develop new business cases.

The two energy companies will share technical information by exchanging annual operational reports and findings of surveys conducted. The MoU stipulates that the two companies will conduct technical visits, study trips and implement training programmes to find solutions to each other’s operational challenges.

Tenaga Nasional Berhad is responsible for energy generation, and the construction, management and operation of energy transmission and distribution networks, which provide electricity to around 9.2 million consumers in Malaysia.

Elia is an energy transmission system operator and renewable energy generator, providing services to 30 million consumers in Belgium and Germany.

Markus Berger, Chief Infra Officer Elia Group, said: “Elia believes that international collaboration and exchange of innovation intelligence is important for success. The key is to synergise as together is better.”

The MoU falls under efforts by the two to improve their operations and customer services as well as help their countries secure energy supply to improve economies.

For instance, Tenaga Nasional Berhad says the MoU will help the utility to implement its advanced metering infrastructure programme and in helping the company play its role in the ASEAN Power Grid initiative, in which the energy provider recently signed an Energy Purchase and Wheeling Agreement with Lao’s Electricite du Laos and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

The APG is a regional programme developed to address energy crisis’ in the ASEAN region and help countries improve their economies through the interconnection of grid infrastructure.

Energy demand in Malaysia

The news follows researchers at Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTEM)’s demonstration of how demand response can be integrated with solar PV to reduce peak demand.

The researchers implemented three pilot projects to test how utility firms can make use of demand response to improve consumer energy efficiency and meet peak demand by sustaining the reliability of grid networks during times when energy demand is high. Read more…


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