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TNB Plans RM20b Capex For 2022-2024

Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) plans to invest around RM20 billion as capital expenditure (capex) in the next three years, in conjunction with the new Regulatory Period (RP3) starting from 2022 to 2024.

Chief regulatory and stakeholder management officer Datuk Wira Roslan Ab Rahman said the government’s decision to uphold the incentive based regulation (IBR) and Imbalance Cost Pass-Through (ICPT) mechanism enables sufficient investment into the electricity system during the three-year RP3 to ensure continuous reliability of supply for the rakyat.

“We plan to invest around RM20 billion in the next three years, with the government’s approval, as capex to maintain a safe as well as resilient network and system, meet customers’ demand and enable us to support the government’s energy transition initiative for the next three years,” he said in a statement in conjunction with TNB’s virtual editors’ briefing today.

Elaborating on the first focus of the capex — to maintain a safe and resilient network and system—TNB said in the presentation slides that the money would be spent on asset replacement, maintenance and upgrades to ensure continued uninterrupted service to its customers.

On meeting the growing and changing needs of customers, it said that included connecting new industrial and economic zones that spur significant economic growth, and elevating customer experience with new product and offerings.

To support the energy transition, the utility giant said the capex would be used to accelerate investments to support Malaysia’s renewable energy (RE) aspirations through technologies such as battery storage and distribution automation

Meanwhile, TNB also plans to allocate about RM18 billion for operating expenditure (opex) for the next three years, subject to the government’s approval.

Touching on the RP3 tariff, TNB said it would not impact the rakyat as there is no change in tariff schedule.

“TNB will continue to invest in the system for reliable and continuous electricity supply to the rakyat,” it said, adding that the tariff set under the Incentive Based Regulation (IBR) would ensure recovery of cost for both the power generation and TNB’s operations.

On January 28, 2022, the government, via the Energy Commission (EC), announced that it would retain the current base electricity tariff of 39.45 sen per kilowatt hour (kWh) for domestic users in Peninsular Malaysia throughout the RP3 from February 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024.

The government also decided to retain the two sen per kWh rebate for domestic users, a rate which has not changed since the implementation of ICPT in 2014.

However, an electricity tariff surcharge of 3.7 sen kWh would be imposed for non-domestic users from February 2022 to June 2022.

Following the rising coal prices which touched a whopping US$270 (RM1,130) per tonne on October 5, 2021, it is understood that TNB would register a higher average coal cost for the financial year ended December 31, 2021 (FY2021) compared with the average coal cost of US$61 per tonne in FY2020.

However, the management team said that with the implementation of the ICPT based on the Regulatory Implementation Guidelines, the company would not make additional profits, nor suffer losses from a lower or higher generation cost, as the impact of ICPT on the company is neutral.

ICPT is a mechanism approved by the government and implemented by EC since January 1, 2014 as part of a wider regulatory reform called the IBR. It allows TNB to reflect changes in fuel and generation costs in consumer’s electricity tariff every six months.

It is also understood that TNB would share RP3’s parameters, such as weighted average cost of capital (WACC), reference price of coal and gas and demand growth factor soon. — BERNAMA

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