Malacca Is Malaysia’s First Smart Grid City
Masers Energy Malaysia has announced plans to develop Malaysia’s first Smart Grid City and Green Special Economic Zone at cost of US$72 billion (RM228.6 billion). The project is base in the "The Historic State" of Malacca, to make it the country’s only carbon free zone. Masers hope to offer a total of 100MW renewable solar energy at the end of the project.
The company sad they have allocated US$2 billion (RM6.35 billion) investment for the first phase of the project, which comprises Rembia Nucleus Smart Grid City. The project will is expected to start in the first quarter of 2014 and complete in 2017.
Masers said the projects will create over 7,000 high-skilled engineering jobs and another 300,000 new "green" jobs. The first phase of the project is expected to contribute about RM100 billion in gross domestic product for the country and transform Malaysia into a smart grid nation and carbon-free by 2020.
President and Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Suhaimi Abdul Rahman said, At least 20 R&D centres will be developed along with an international airport, an international seaport with electric charging capabilities and a bridge linking Melaka with Dumai in Sumatera.
Silver Springs Networks is already involve, providing infrastructure solutions. In the second phase, Masers will work with South Korean company, C&M Global, to develop 6,000 hectares sea reclamation land along the Melaka waterfront into a Green SEZ with an estimated US$70 billion (RM222.25 billion).