JOHOR BHARU, Oct 31 (Bernama) -- Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has fast-tracked upgrading works at the Sedenak main intake substation (PMU) to stimulate growth in nearby industrial areas and international data hub.
TNB head of grid development Dev Anandan said the project is expected to be a catalyst in the state government's aspiration to accelerate the development of the 2,950-hectare (7,290-acre) Sedenak Technology Valley, including data centre complex Sedenak Tech Park (STeP) as its key growth component.
He said the project, involving main contractors GMO Cables Sdn Bhd and Auconpro Engineering Sdn Bhd, is classified as a critical, high-impact and fast-tracked project to meet the needs of STeP's data hub customers and to ensure that services remain stable and competitive.
"The Sedenak PMU is able to meet current electricity supply needs and TNB plans to upgrade it further to increase supply capacity for the future.
“Currently, there are four more applications to provide stable and continuous electricity supply to data centres in Johor -- two in Nusajaya and one each in Sedenak and Kulai," he said in a statement today.
Dev said the Sedenak PMU supplies electricity to residential, commercial and industrial users, including the recently-opened hyperscale data centre of Bridge Data Centres (BDC), a subsidiary of leading Chinese data centre operator Chindata Group.
"TNB is always committed to ensure that data centre projects in the state are implemented in line with Malaysia's aspiration to become a high-tech nation with Johor emerging as one of the largest hubs for data centres," the statement said.
The Sedenak PMU, built at a cost of RM68 million, was completed in August 2019 to support Johor’s state economic development activities encompassing Sedenak, Kulai and Nusajaya.
TNB invested an additional RM1.2 million to carry out an installation upgrade to supply electricity to BDC in September 2022.
Meanwhile, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi, in his Oct 20 visit to the Sedenak PMU, thanked TNB for its initiative to ensure stable electricity supply to growth areas, therefore ensuring strong confidence among investors to participate in the state's economic development.
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