Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Government Strives To Raise Sabah's Energy Reserve Margin

KOTA KINABALU - The government is striving to raise Sabah's energy reserve margin to 25 per cent in the next five to seven years from between six and eight per cent.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said with a 25 per cent reserve margin, Sabah would be able to reduce any sudden breakdown.

"Right now whenever that (energy breakdown) happens, we have to do rationing," he told reporters after officiating a cultural village exhibition here today.

In order to meet the target, Ongkili said the state required an additional 400 Megawatt (MW).

He said the federal cabinet was currently shortlisting applicants to be awarded the contract to operate the Sandakan gas power plant, for which a decision is expected next month.

"The project, consisting of a plant and a pipeline, requires about four years to construct," he said.

In another development, Ongkili said the government was still in talks with Indonesia on the establishment of a cross-border energy trade involving Tawau, Sabah and Tarakan, an island off North Kalimantan.

He said the idea was to set up a 150-200 MW coal-fired power plant in Tarakan, which would be exported to Tawau.



Source - Bernama