Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Move to reduce electricity disruptions

KOTA KINABALU: Various initiatives undertaken by Sabah’s Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) should help in further reducing power disruptions across the state.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said that the targeted System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) of 250 minutes set for 2016 could be achieved.

Speaking after being briefed on the electricity supply performance in the state by the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd’s officials, Dr Ongkili said the federal government has allocated RM515 million to strengthen and upgrade transmission and supply of electricity in Sabah.

Ongkili added that the allocation was part of the RM2.3 billion fund approved by the federal government for four years, until 2019.

 
 

“In addition, SESB is also working on several initiatives to reduce SAIDI in Sabah, which among others, include upgrading power plants and substations in the state,” Dr Ongkili said.

He noted that through past efforts, as of April 19 this year, SESB had managed to reduce its SAIDI to 181.45 minutes.

“The power situation is progressively improving,’’ he said.

Dr Ongkili added that as further initiatives for sustainable power generation, SESB will be introducing automation of the distribution system and construction of the smart grid, among others.

 

Source - The Star