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Headline: 1 Borneo Partners with Trane Malaysia worth RM42 million


Date Posted:24/4/2006




1 Borneo signed contract with Trane Malaysia today to bring in the most superior air-conditioning innovation worth RM42 million.

The developer of 1 Borneo, Sagajuta (Sabah) Sdn Bhd, is aware of the need to preserve the rich environmental heritage of Sabah. With conservation as a top priority, much time and effort have been put into selecting the best air conditioning system. It must be a system that is not only environmentally friendly but is technologically advanced and saves costs during operation.

This system is in tandem with the objectives and vision of 1 Borneo, which is to adopt the best technology and expertise from abroad to raise the standard of commercial building management in Kota Kinabalu. Kota Kinabalu is rapidly becoming a much sought-after tourist and business destination. This is due to the Government’s massive expansion plans with emphasis on the tourism industry. In support of the Government’s initiative, 1 Borneo – the first and largest lifestyle hypermall in East Malaysia – is being developed as a tourism destination as well as to uplift the lifestyle in the city.

At the signing ceremony, N K Foo, Advisor to Sagajuta (Sabah) Sdn Bhd said in his speech, “We place huge importance to creating innovative and cutting-edge designs and concepts to keep abreast with the ever-changing pace of technology. The increasing demand for energy to meet modern lifestyle takes its toll on the environment by producing green house gasses. But realising that Sabah is an eco-rich state, we chose a technologically superior air conditioning system which is significantly more efficient than the conventional system employed in other such developments worldwide – a suitable system chosen for a landmark in the city.”

“We are totally confident that their system will allow us to plan for the future, which will positively impact productivity, bottom line and the environment,” added N K Foo.

Managing Director of Trane Malaysia, Kamal Taneja, elaborates further, “The air conditioning system being designed for 1 Borneo is called Thermal Energy Storage System (TES). TES is fast catching up as a preferred air conditioning system in various malls in Malaysia. Essentially, this system makes ice during the off-peak period or at night and melts the ice during the peak or shopping hours.

“Just imagine cooling a whole shopping mall during the day by using ice made the previous night. So there is significantly reduced energy usage during the day to cool the mall,“ Taneja added.

Adrian Yani Chin, Marketing Manager at Trane Malaysia feels proud to be a part of this prestigious development. He said, “Being a Sabahan myself, I’m very proud and honoured to see the rapidly developing landscape of Kota Kinabalu. 1 Borneo will be an important and significant contribution to the future growth of Sabah.”

“Our appreciation to Sagajuta (Sabah) Sdn Bhd, particularly to Raymond Chan for putting Kota Kinabalu on the international shopping destination and partnering with Trane on this prestigious landmark,” Chin added.

Trane is responsible for designing and constructing the TES System to cool 1 Borneo. The ice would be formed in the form of ice balls, by state-of-the-art Trane EarthwiseTM Chillers. The whole system will employ the EarthwiseTM design concept that has won Trane many awards worldwide. This system uses low flow chilled and condenser water, resulting in conservation of water, pumping energy and the reduction of capital costs.

Tenaga Nasional Electric Corporation (TNEC) will be operating and maintaining the whole air conditioning system for 1 Borneo for the next 20 years. It will provide a conducive and comfortable shopping environment, while taking the operational stress away from Sagajuta.

TNEC is familiar with Trane TES and EarthwiseTM Systems and has been involved in District Cooling Schemes since 1996 with several projects in Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam and Bangi, Selangor.

“TNEC is equally proud to be a part of this project,” said Foo. “It is heartening to have these experts and business partners, sharing the same passion and working towards the success of 1 Borneo.”

Present at the signing ceremony were Mr Francis Yuen, President & Business Leader, Trane Commercial System Asia; Encik Mohd Sabri Zain, General Manager-Planning and Encik Ab. Hakim Hamat, General Manager-Finance, both of TNB Engineering Corporation Sdn Bhd.

From Sagajuta (Sabah) Sdn Bhd, Raymond Chan, Managing Director/Executive Chairman and Tan Tiang Lai, Director were also there.

In 1989, Trane Corporation (US) and some local and regional shareholders formed TM Sales & Services Sdn Bhd. Over the next decade, the company grew aggressively and opened up branches in Penang, Johor Bahru, Malacca, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. In 1999, Trane Corporation (US) acquired 100 percent shares in the company.

Trane Corporation (US) is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Standard, a Fortune 500 company with annual sales turnover of USD12 billion. Trane employs over 25,000 people worldwide and is the most profitable company in the American Standard group.

Trane Malaysia is 50 percent owned by American Standard and 50 percent owned by Trane Corporation (US).