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MALAYSIA DAYBOOK: Sime Biogas Plan; Tenaga $1.7 Billion Plant

April 4 (Bloomberg) -- Sime Darby Bhd. will sign an agreement with Tenaga Nasional Bhd. and Mitsui & Co. Ltd. to study potentially using biogas to generate power at Sime’s oil palm estates. Briefing to be held at 2:15 p.m. in Kuala Lumpur.

WHAT TO WATCH: * Tenaga Nasional Bhd. (TNB MK) awarded a 5.1 billion ringgit ($1.7 billion) contract to build coal-fired power plant in Manjung to consortium comprising Alstom SA, China National Machinery Import & Export Corp. and CMC Machipex Sdn. * Malaysian Resources Corp. annual meeting at 11:30 a.m. in Kuala Lumpur. * Ho Wah Genting Bhd. (HWG MK) received government license to manufacture ferro silicon at Samalaju Heaby Industrial Park in Sarawak state. * MWE Holdings Bhd. (MWE MK) agreed to sell 39 percent stake in PI International Holdings Ltd. to China Great Wall Computer (HK) Holding Ltd. for 29.7 million ringgit. * OSK Holdings Bhd. (OSK MK) agreed to buy 48.9 percent of Thailand’s BFIT Securities Pcl for 1.03 billion baht ($34 million). * Sunway Holdings Bhd. (SGW MK) won 22.6 million-ringgit contract from Perumahan SLG Central Sdn. for piling works for an office and apartment project in Kuala Lumpur.

MARKETS: * Malaysia’s FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index rose 0.7 percent. * The MSCI Asia Pacific Index dropped 0.3 percent. * The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.5 percent. * Palm oil June-delivery futures advanced 0.4 percent to 3,340 ringgit a metric ton.

BTV (KL times): *7:10 a.m.: Nomura Chief Asian Equity Strategist Sean Darby *7:40 a.m.: JPMorgan Chief Economist Masaaki Kanno *8:10 a.m.: S&P Chief Economist David Wyss *8:50 a.m.: Continental Coal CEO Don Turvey *9:10 a.m.: Japaninvest Senior Analyst Stephen Church *9:40 a.m.: Citi Chief Asian Strategist Markus Rosgen *10:10 a.m.: Universal Coal Exec Chairman Tony Harwood *10:30 a.m.: Julius Baer CEO Asia & Middle East Thomas Meier

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Barry Porter in Kuala Lumpur at bporter10@bloomberg.net

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