Balingian New power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Balingian New power station is a 600-megawatt MW coal-fired station in Mukah, Malaysia.


The map below shows the location of the plant in the city of Mukah. While google maps does not yet have current imagery of the area, satellite images from Planet show significant construction progress from March 2016 to April 2018.

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Background on Plant

Balingian 1

Balingian I (2 x 300 MW) was expected to consume 5.2 million tonnes of coal annually, and was proposed to be built near coalfields that would supply the power station.[1]

In October 2014, Sarawak Energy entered into a contract with Chinese manufacturer Shanghai Electric Group for construction of the two 300 MW units. Construction was planned to begin the next month.[2] The power station is expected to come online in 2018.[3]

In August 2015, the State Government awarded three General Prospecting Licences (GPL) to Sarawak Energy, to explore for coal in the Balingian area to power the coal plant.[4]

In August 2016, it was reported the plant was on-track for commissioning in 2018.[5]

In October 2018, Sarawak Energy's CEO announced that the plant was on-track for commissioning in mid-2019.[6]

According to Chinese media, unit 2 was connected to the grid in January 2019, and was on track for commissioning in 2019.[7]

In May 2019, it was reported that Unit 1 would be commissioned in Q2 of 2019 and Unit 2 would be commissioned in Q3 of 2019.[8]

Unit 1 was commissioned on May 12, 2019.[9] Unit 2 was commissioned on June 28, 2019.[10]

Balingian II

Additionally, a 300 MW Balingian II was proposed.[11]

However, as of 2015 the project is not listed on Sarawak Energy's website, and plans appear to be abandoned.[3]

Local Opposition

A December 2021 narrative article discussed the environmental, social, and public health risks around coal-fired power production in Malaysia. One quote reads: "Matek Anak Geram, a land rights activist from Persatuan Sarawak Dayak Iban (SADIA), says that the indigenous communities living close to the Mukah Power Plant and Balingian Power Plant face many health problems, such as cancer, tuberculosis, asthma, and birth defects. He alleges that the health problems are caused by air and water pollution from coal burning. “Sudden deaths” had happened because residents didn’t know they had health issues until it was too late to seek help. Living in rural areas means they have limited healthcare access."[12]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Sarawak Energy
  • Location: Mukah, Balinglan District, Sarawak
  • Coordinates: 2.7408969, 112.47292027 (exact)
  • Status:
    • Balingian I, Units 1 & 2: Operating
    • Balingian II, Unit 1: Cancelled
  • Capacity:
    • Balingian I: 600 MW (Units 1 & 2: 300 MW)
    • Balingian II: 300 MW (Unit 1)
  • Type:  Circulating fluidized bed (CFB)[13]
  • Start year:
    • Balingian I, Units 1 & 2: 2019
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source:  Buroi Mining Sdn Bhd and Sarawak Coal Resources Sdn Bhd[1]
  • Source of financing:

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