Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Two new substations, transmission line upgrade will improve Sabah's power delivery, says Ongkili

SANDAKAN: Two new main intake substations and the upgrading of another one here is expected to improve power delivery in Sabah, particularly in this district.

The two new PMUs will be built in Seguntor and Elopura, each with 90 Megavolt Ampere (MVA) capacity, while the Segaliud - Seguntor transmission lines will be upgraded. Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said all three projects done through federal government's allocation of RM200.5 million in the form of soft loans and grants, are expected to be completed by January 2018.

"In addition, a special task force has been set up by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) to assist Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) to help reduce the System Average Interruption Duration Index (Saidi) in major towns in Sabah in the next 12 months,” he said in a statement.

Saidi measures the total duration - in minutes - of power interruption experienced by customers on a yearly basis. This year's target for Sabah’s Saidi was 350 minutes with aim to reduce it to 250 minutes by 2017.

"For Sandakan, the Saidi stands at about 400 minutes. "My hope is for the special task force for this district which will begin implementing its plans on Nov 1 (Tuesday), will be able to bring down the power disruptions in Sandakan to 150 minutes or below within the next one year,” said Ongkili, who was briefed on the district’s power situation by Sandakan SESB zone manager Rahim Tahir here earlier.

Source : NST