KUALA LUMPUR: Tenaga Nasional Bhd is introducing blended coal at its coal-fired power plant in Lumut, Perak, as part of its continuous effort to ensure a sustainable coal supply for electricity generation.

The utility giant said the introduction of blended coal for Sultan Azlan Shah Power Station would help secure coal supply for the power plant.

It was also in line with the growing trend among utilities to use blended coal to match power demand with the availability of coal supply, it added.

“The Sultan Azlan Shah Power Station took delivery of its first blended coal shipment on December 31, 2018, at the neighbouring Lekir Bulk Terminal (LBT).

“The coal is imported from Indonesia by TNB Fuel Services Sdn Bhd, a 100 percent subsidiary of TNB which supplies fuel and coal for the country’s power plants,” TNB said in a statement.

LBT is 100 per cent owned by Integrax Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TNB.

A ceremony was held at LBT to commemorate the arrival of the first blended coal shipment.

Among the official’s present were the principal assistant secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Amisam Ismail, TNB Janamanjung managing director Datuk Shamsul Ahmad and TNB Fuel Services managing director Zainal Abidin Shah Mahamood.

TNB Janamanjung, the operator of Sultan Azlan Shah Power Station will conduct a trial burn exercise and lab analysis to ensure blended coal meet the emission standard and combustion compatibility of the power plant prior to the plant’s usage of the coal.

Sultan Azlan Shah Power Station, with a generation capacity of 4,100 megawatt (MW), produces 20 per cent of Peninsular Malaysia’s energy generation.

It consumes 15 million tonne of sub-bituminous coal per annum.