I welcome this geothermal renewable energy project in Malaysia. However, the following are unclear.
1. In the local stakeholder meeting comment no. , the project owner has address the comment that EIA is not required and an exemption will be granted.
According to the EIA requiremetns of Malaysia, EIA is not required for natural gas and fossil fuel power plants but there is no regulatory provisions for geothermal power plant which does not means it meet the EIA requirements. Comparing with nneighbouring countries, the EIA requirements for power plants are based on capacities irespective of the type.
How could the department of environment issue an exemption will be sufficient to proof there is no environmental impact caused by the project and how could the DNA of Malaysia issued the LoA since there are not provisions in EIA requirements to assess geothermal power plant?
In addition, how could the project developer address the sustaintable criteria of the host country?
2. The viability project study was conducted in 2009 with a grant from the government. Does this project utilised government funds for development?