Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak held a high-profile meeting here with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and French defence industry representatives.
A member of Le Drian’s delegation said the meeting, which was also attended by Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, discussed Malaysia’s interest to purchase Mistral helicopter carriers.
Le Drian was also to co-chair the French-Malaysian Defence Joint High Strategic Committee with his Malaysian counterpart Hishammuddin later yesterday.
Bodet is specialised in time management and measurement solutions (time and attendance equipments, time distribution, scoreboards, tower clocks, tracking …).
The French group has been in Asia for the last 35 years and has currently 65 distributors spread across the continent, from Thailand to Indonesia via Singapore.
As the construction sector is very active in Malaysia, the company decided to open a branch in the capital to be closer to its partners. The made in France solutions will cater to the needs of office buildings and airports which require highly accurate time synchronization.
Bodet achieved a turnover of 66 million euros in 2014, 20% of it was generated by export sales.
Rail and Urban transport
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project main contractor MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd, expects the tender exercise for MRT Line 2 to start next month.
The starting date for the tender exercise involving the MRT Line 2 from Sungai Buloh to Putrajaya would also depend on the authorities involved in the project as well as MRT Corp, the asset owner and project developer of the project.
The project received positive reaction from the public where almost 90% of the 10,000 respondents agreed with the proposal for the construction project of the MRT Line 2.
Electricity, Renewable energy, Nuclear
Malaysia will be implementing its 500MW of capacity for net energy metering (NEM) beginning 2016 until 2020, with 100MW capacity limit a year in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah.
NEM allows self-consumption of electricity generated by solar photovoltaic system users, while selling the excess energy to TNB. The suggested NEM quota is 20% for residential area, 40% for industrial sector 40% and the remaining for commercial buildings.
To control properly NEM in the future while protecting TNB’s interests, applications would be required through an online system, and Industrial sector should declare upfront on how much they will generate on their own, while still consuming energy from TNB.
Olive Energy Sdn Bhd (Olive Energy) hopes to commence constructing the 12.1 megawatt biomass electricity generation plant in Mukah by the first half of 2016, with a targeted completion date of July 1, 2018.
The Renewable Energy Power Purchase Plant Agreement (REPPA) signed between Sarawak Energy Bhd and Olive Energy back in March 4, 2014 was the first of its kind in the world, bringing world-class circulating fluidised bed (CFB) conversion technology that converts palm oil waste into clean renewable energy.
The heart of the conversion technology used for this small biomass power plant will be the CFB utility boiler designed specially to handle difficult fuel such as EFB and MF.
The plant in Mukah will be located next to Rinwood Palm Oil Mill. The electricity generated will be sold off to the offtaker SESCO.
The Asean Power Grid has been studied for many years to bring benefits to Asean countries. However, with the exception of a few interconnections, many have not been able to see the light of the day. It requires a mindset change among the utility planners to think out of the box as the existing planning tools and methodologies limit choices to local indigenous resources.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said a technical working group was established following a discussion with his counterpart in Indonesia to look into issues regarding the implementation of relevant cross-border projects which had been long planned but yet to materialise. Stakeholders should be able to identify optimal architectures and the most promising configurations, recognising that the best solutions vary with local circumstances, goals and interconnections.
Less than 10 years after it began manufacturing solar cells, Malaysia has become the worlds fourth-largest producer of solar cells in 2014 behind China, Taiwan and Japan. Its fast growth is mainly attributed to the influx of multinational corporations, such as the U.S.s First Solar, Taiwans AUO Sunpower, Germanys Hanwa Q Cells and Japans Panasonic Energy.
In the past 2 years, the government has granted 5 other foreign companies permission to set up their own production plants. Solar companies are attracted to Malaysia because of the countrys vibrant semi-conductor manufacturing sector, a process similar to that of making solar cells. A 100% income tax break for 10 years, along with a 100% investment tax allowance for capital expenditures, has persuaded solar manufacturers to relocate to Malaysia.
The key to continued success in Malaysias solar industry would be to go beyond manufacturing and exporting cells, and focus on the installation and use of solar energy in the country.
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