Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Govt to decide Sandakan gas power plant operator by next month

PENAMPANG: The federal cabinet will decide on who will be awarded the 380 Megawatt gas-fired power plant project in Sandakan by next month.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said it was likely to be done as a privately financed initiative (PFI). "Right now we are in final negotiations with the state government," he told reporters at the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Christmas open house at Hongkod Koisaan building here. Under the project, gas will be channeled from Gayang in Tuaran, to Sandakan using a piped system and pass through several districts like Tuaran, Kota Belud, Kota Marudu and Beluran.

Ongkili said it was important to have a power plant in the east coast as transferring power from west coast to east coast was difficult. He, cited the electricity transmission tower which collapsed earlier this year and caused power shortage for almost a week on the east coast. He added that next year, RM515 million will be rolled out of the RM2.3 billion fund allocated for four years to develop Sabah's electricity supply.

"The funding is expected to strengthen power generation and transmission as well as upgrade distribution at all districts. "We are monitoring very closely and we have asked Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (Sesb) to upgrade their performance and are putting additional key performance indicators (KPIs) for them next year. "I told Sesb if they don't meet the KPIs, we are going to penalise them in one form or another," he said.

Meanwhile, about 2,000 people attended the open house hosted by Ongkili and the party. PBS president and deputy chief minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan is on a holiday leave overseas. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman also attended the event, where Christmas songs and dance performances were showcased. 


Source - NST