Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Federal and Sabah governments to ensure sufficient quality power supply for Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: The Federal Government will continue to work closely with the Sabah Government to ensure sufficient quality power supply in the state.

In giving the assurance today, Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili expressed satisfaction over ongoing efforts to improve power transmission and distribution in Sabah.

He noted that there was still room for improvement particularly in power distribution.

"When we talk about quality power supply, we want to ensure there is less power disruptions, namely reducing the System Average Interruption Duration Index to 250 minutes, a target set for this year, as compared to 380 minutes last year.

"In addition, we want to also improve power transmission and distributions. The government has approved an allocation of RM2.295 billion for the next four years till 2020 to meet this target in Sabah and Federal Territory of Labuan."

Maximus said this in a statement after chairing a meeting on Planning Agenda for Sabah's Electricity Supply, with federal and state government agencies at the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) building, here.

At the meeting, they also touched on plans to improve power capacity and distribution in the eastern part of Sabah, including the call for an additional 300 Megawatt to meet the demand from the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) in Lahad Datu in the next five years.

"Both the federal government and SESB have laid out plans to meet the demand for generation capacity in the eastern region of Sabah. We (federal government) are now finalising on the plans for natural gas pipeline from Kimanis to Sandakan," he said.

Ongkili noted that Sabah's electricity demand was expected to grow with the GDP and population, where currently the peak power demand for this year is estimated to reach 934MW, an increase of 24MW.

The demand is expected to further escalate to 1,054MW in 2020 and 1,607MW in 2035. 


Source - Bernama