Hiking trails in Tawau


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Tawau Has Potential For Geothermal Power


TAWAU, July 17 (Bernama) --

Tawau has potential to generate electricity from geothermal sources following the discovery of a geothermal site in Apas, about 40km from here.

Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said a study by the Mineral and Geoscience Department so far had found that there was potential to generate up to 67MW of electricity a day to meet the energy needs of Tawau.


The magnetotelluric study on the 50 sq km site started in 2007 found that it had potential to generate electricity.

The study also found a reservoir about 2,000 to 3,000m below the earth's surface with water at temperatures of 220 to 236 degrees Celsius which was more than enough heat to generate electricity, he said.

The land was under the Sabah's jurisdiction and was located within the Sabah Parks, a protected area.

Under the 9th Malaysia Plan the government had allocated RM1.5 million for research on the site and it was hoped that drilling could start under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

Power generation through geothermal means is regarded as not only cost-effective and relaible but also environment-friendly compared with generation from burning fuel.

Among the countries which generate electricity through geothermal sources are the United States, El Salvador, Kenya, the Philippines, Iceland and Costa Rica.


Tawau Hills Park's Hidden Treasure
HOT  SPRINGS
KOLAM     AIR     PANAS


One of the attractions in Tawau Hills Park  is the 11 warm sulphurous springs situated 3.2 km from the Park Office. An hour walking along the jungle track will lead you to the first spring. Eleven warm sulphurous springs (25-33.7oC) occur along the 250 m stretch of the Upper Tawau River. The spring water got hotter to the south. The elevation of this site is approximately 370 m above sea level. The springs outlets are on the riverbed or by the bank just below the water level.

The spring waters are acidic (pH 3.68-4.10). A strong hydrogen sulphide smell can be detected at 150 m range before reaching the first spring. The waters of Spring #1 emerge from among boulders of rhyolitic rocks.

The boulders surrounding the springs are characteristically sulphur coated.

According to the local people, the spring water has its own medicinal properties for skin treatment. Bathing in these springs is popular here..


"Ubat Kulit" - Holy water of the local people : water that cure


The waters of Spring #1 emerge from among boulders of rhyolitic rocks.


The boulders surrounding the springs are characteristically sulphur coated.



Left is a sulphur coated stone (white)

Location Map

Visitors


Eleven warm sulphurous springs (25-33.7oC) occur along the 250 meters stretch

Rear species Raja Brook butterflies drining by the river bank


 

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