Malaysia’s TNB Forms Regional Partnerships to Boost ASEAN Power Grid Aspirations  

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Malaysia’s leading utility company, has inked two strategic partnerships with its counterparts from Indonesia and Singapore.

These collaborations aim to accelerate efforts to create an interconnected ASEAN Power Grid, enhancing energy resilience, and security, and promoting the integration of renewable energy (RE) across the region.

Under the first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), TNB is joining hands with PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) to undertake a joint feasibility study to explore the potential for a cross-border electricity interconnection linking Sumatra, Indonesia, and Peninsular Malaysia.

The interconnection project is deemed instrumental in facilitating the seamless integration of renewable energy sources and stimulating economic development across ASEAN member countries.

The scope of the joint feasibility study encompasses technical assessments, policy and regulatory reviews, economic analyses, commercial frameworks, preliminary environmental and social impact assessments, as well as an implementation plan.

In a parallel effort, TNB, in partnership with SP Power Assets (SPPA), Singapore’s prominent electricity transmission and distribution company, is actively exploring the technical feasibility of a second power interconnection facility connecting Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore.

This facility, upon completion, will further bolster energy trading between the two regions, enhancing energy supply reliability.

TNB President and Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Indera Ir. Baharin Din, commented on the significance of these agreements, saying: “The signing of these MoUs is a significant milestone in TNB’s efforts to strengthen the interconnected ASEAN power grid’s reliability and resilience.”

“It will also promote the integration of renewable energy in the region.” He emphasized that the interconnected ASEAN Power Grid is a critical step in the region’s energy transition towards a cleaner, more sustainable future.”