Malaysia’s TNB says that the Manjung 5 coal-fired power plant has started operating.

The 1000 MW plant uses supercritical technology and started up three days ahead of its targeted commercial operating date of October 1. It took 45 months to build, TNB said.

“We are proud of the hard work the team has done to complete the project ahead of schedule. A dedicated team of 88 TNB staff worked on the project since construction started in January 2014,” said Vice President of Energy Ventures, Datuk Nor Azman Mufti.

The RM6 billion plant was constructed by a consortium of Sumitomo Corp of Japan and South Korea’s Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd. Located in Manjung, Perak, it started its initial operation date in May 2017.

TNB is building two more 1000 MW supercritical coal fired units near at Jimah East, Port Dickson. These units will start operating in 2019.