Balingian New power station

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Balingian New power station is an operating power station of at least 600-megawatts (MW) in Mukah, Balinglan, Sarawak, Malaysia with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Balingian New power station Mukah, Balinglan, Sarawak, Malaysia 2.740897, 112.47292 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Phase I Unit 1, Phase I Unit 2, Phase II Unit 1: 2.740897, 112.47292

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Phase I Unit 1 operating coal - lignite 300 circulating fluidized bed 2019
Phase I Unit 2 operating coal - lignite 300 circulating fluidized bed 2019
Phase II Unit 1 cancelled coal - unknown 300 subcritical

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Phase I Unit 1 Sarawak Energy Bhd [100.0%]
Phase I Unit 2 Sarawak Energy Bhd [100.0%]
Phase II Unit 1 Sarawak Energy Bhd [100.0%]


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] The plant would use circulating fluidized bed technology.[2]

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.[3] The power station is expected to come online in 2018.[4]

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.[5] The plant would source its coal from Buroi Mining Sdn Bhd and Sarawak Coal Resources Sdn Bhd.[1]

In August 2016, it was reported the plant was on-track for commissioning in 2018.[6]

In October 2018, Sarawak Energy's CEO announced that the plant was on-track for commissioning in mid-2019.[7]

According to Chinese media, unit 2 was connected to the grid in January 2019, and was on track for commissioning in 2019.[8]

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.[9]

Unit 1 was commissioned on May 12, 2019.[10] Unit 2 was commissioned on June 28, 2019.[11]

Unit 2 was commissioned on June 28, 2019.[12]

In May 2023, the owner announced that the Balingian power plant would be the company's final coal-fired power plant, as the company was turning toward decarbonization strategies. [13]

Balingian II

Additionally, a 300 MW Balingian II was proposed.[14]

However, as of 2015 the project is not listed on Sarawak Energy's website, and plans appear to be abandoned.[4]

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."[15]

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