Sunday, May 25, 2014

Kimanis Power Plant (KPP) starts commercial operations

After a failed Load Rejection Test last month, Kimanis Power Plant finally kicked start commercial operation of of its power plant, which I 'suppose' is good news.

When I posted about the LRT (with high hope) last month, Mr Turbineman (Thomas Lee) commented it normally points to not-so-good news and true enough this KPP had issues with gas supply from SOGT, which was not even the test itself, and that lead to postponement of the LRT. Subsequent test was carried out later and an engineer friend who works there said KPP was ready to go supply power. Soon afterward the power plant came online on 16 May 2014.

First 100 MW block starts operation

The Petronas Group achieved another milestone for its business in Sabah when Petronas Gas Berhad's subsidiary, Kimanis Power Sdn Bhd (KPSB), started the commercial operations of the first 100 MW block of its Kimanis Power Plant (KPP) in Kimanis on May 16.

The KPP, one of several petroleum and energy related projects developed by the Petronas Group in Sabah, is expected to contribute significantly to the reliability and security of power supply in the State, once fully operational.

The three-blocks, 300 MW gas-fired power plant is a key project in the "Power Up Sabah" initiative, established under the Malaysian Economic Transformation Plan (ETP).

The plant utilises natural gas from offshore Sabah.

Besides strengthening the Sabah electricity grid, the successful start of the commercial operations is a significant milestone in providing a reliable source of energy towards supporting the State's economic growth.

A joint venture between Petronas PGB and Yayasan Sabah's subsidiary NRG Consortium (Sabah) Sdn Bhd, the plant's first block's commercial operations date (COD) of May 16 2014 was within the targeted schedule announced in February this year.

Chairman of KPSB, Yusa' Hassan, said this achievement was a significant milestone for the company after many months of meticulous planning and hard work. The COD for the plant's second and third 100 MW blocks is scheduled in the third quarter of 2014.

PGB owns 60% of KPSB while NRG Consortium owns the remaining 40%.

TheGreenMechanics: Hope there'll finally be light at the end of the never ending 'blackout' tunnel!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Cynthia Joseph is Penampang Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan - 2014

Harvest Festival or what is locally known as Pesta Kaamatan for Penampang district was held on 17 May 2014 at Tun Fuad Stephen multipurpose hall in Donggongon town, officiated by Datuk Donald Peter Mojuntin. This year's Harvest Festival (Tadau Kaamatan) theme:

"Koubasanan - Impoon do Pibabasan om Piombolutan"
"Culture - Foundation of Peace and Friendship"
"Kebudayaan - Asas Keamanan dan Persahabatan"

Following the old age tradition, the peak of the celebration is the beauty pageant or known locally as Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan. I was a bit late in joining the other photographers but space was ample as other districts were celebrating at their respective place the same day. Here are some of the pictures:-

The 10 who made it to the second round.

Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2014 (Kaamatan Beauty Queen 2014) Miss Cynthis Joseph, representing Kg Baru Penampang.

Reigning UNK 2013 Miss Dedie Phang
You can see more pictures of her during the Unduk Ngadau pageant 2013 here.

Some of the participants:

Representing Kg. Tinduzon Sugud

Representing Kg. Kolopis

Representing Kg. Nosoob Baru

Representing Kg. Baru Penampang

Representing Kg. Sindaanan

Representing Kg. Kibabaig

All hoping and beaming with smile

Down to two!

Reigning UNK Miss Dedie Phang crowning the new Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2014

Top 5: UNK Miss Cynthia Joseph (seated) with L-R: Thamicka, Melstephy, Rachel and Rapunzel

Cynthia flanked by Melstephy (left) and Rachel (right).

Happy Harvest Festival and Kotobian Tadau Kaamatan!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Advice to die-hard Windows XP users: Dump Internet Explorer

If you are still using Windows XP on your computer, you are now highly vulnerable to cyber attacks as Microsoft has stopped supporting this operating system effective last month.

Well, you can reduce that risk by more than half, according to security experts, by ditching Internet Explorer (IE) and use other browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc. Of course Microsoft disagree, but that's another matter.

Microsoft's support of Windows XP has ended on April 8, 2014 and there would be no more patches for security loopholes for this operating system.

Dump the Internet Explorer?

This seems to be the consensus if Computerworld is to be believed.

"By switching to a non-Microsoft browser, Windows XP users can halve the number of vulnerabilities that apply to the OS, according to a survey of flaws Microsoft fixed in the second half of 2013. 
The statistics support the advice from security professionals, who have recommended users run a rival browser to avoid some of the attacks aimed at their unprotected PCs. 
Microsoft stopped sending patches to Windows XP PCs last month. The ban also applies to any version of IE that runs on the aged operating system. But a tally of Windows and IE vulnerabilities patched from July to December 2013 shows that the browser poses a greater security risk to XP bitter-enders than does the OS itself. - CWM"

The article is elaborated further at Computerworld Magazine here. Take a look.

TheGreenMechanics: I currently have Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer installed in my machine and I seldom use IE alone.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Solar Wind Energy to build $1.5 billion power tower in Arizona

Solar Wind Energy Tower Inc. won approval from an Arizona city to develop a $1.5 billion project that would use ambient desert heat to create a draft to generate electricity, in a concrete colossus that would be the tallest structure in North America.

Artist impression of the Solar Wind's colossal tower which create downdraft. Image: via REW

The 2,250-feet (686-metre) project, which resembles a nuclear plant’s cooling tower, would be capable of generating at a average rate of about 435 MWh [I suspect this would be monthly average] over the course of a year, said Ron Pickett, chief executive officer of the Maryland-based company.

In July and August, the Southwest’s hottest and driest months, the plant could produce more than 1,200 MWh.

The Solar Wind power tower: How it works

Using technology created by Solar Wind, water would be injected in a mist near the top of the tower, causing the air to cool and gain density. The draft created by the sinking air would exceed 50 miles per hour. As the air is forced through a ring of turbines at the tower’s base, electricity is generated.

How it works

“This is a game-changer in certain areas — hot, dry climates,” Pickett said. The company is proposing this project near the Mexico border to prove the concept, with the goal of licensing the process to developers. The technology would work in Africa, Australia and “you can throw a dart in the Mideast, and it works there,” he said.

San Luis, a city of 26,000 residents about 20 miles southwest of Yuma, Arizona, agreed to give the project necessary rights of way and sell it water under a 50-year contract. Terms weren’t disclosed for the agreement, which was approved by the city council on April 23.

Solar Wind expects to get the project operating as early as 2018.

Although no buyers yet for the project's power, local utilities and the U.S. Defense Department have inquired about it.

Source: Renewable Energy World

TheGreenMechanics: This ambitious project is not without criticism from the public; some readers argued that building the 686-metre tower would actually produce more CO2 than the potential avoidance in the foreseeable future.

Would be interesting to see this commissioned in 4 years' time.

You can read the full article by clicking the link provided above.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Happy Labour Day

Take some time off and stay away from work for a day. That won't make you less productive this week. In Malaysia we say "Selamat Hari Pekerja"

"Happy Labour Day"
From: The Green Mechanics