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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Boost for Sabah power

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s electricity supply will be more stable, especially for industries, with an additional 385mW of power being available by the end of June.

Sabah Electricity Supply Sdn Bhd (SESB) senior general manager for asset management Muhamad Nazri Pazil said the additional supply would come from two independent power producers (IPPs) based in Kimanis near here.

“With this additional supply, SESB will be in a better position to meet the increasing demand in the state,” he said.

While electricity generated from existing IPPs was at a maximum of 840mW, Muhamad said the average power demand in Sabah was as much as 910mW.

He said due to this, SESB had to implement demand side management (DSM), under which supply to large users such as industries had to be cut off to ensure stability within the state-wide power grid.

“The DSM has helped to ensure minimum power supply disruptions to other electricity users,” Muhamad added.

He was responding to Sabah Timber Industries Association president Datuk James Hwang’s call for the state government to liberalise the provision of electricity and to consider replacing SESB due to their inefficiency.

He had said that despite many appeals made about the power interruptions, SESB was unable to resolve the situation.

In a statement on Thursday, Hwang said power supply disruptions to industries such as wood processing mills, which once affected those in Sandakan on the east coast, had started occurring in Sipitang and Keningau in the interior.

A study also showed that industries in Sipitang experienced a disruption in power supply totalling 29 hours and 50 minutes between Feb 24 and Feb 28 this year, at least 136 hours between March 3 and 31, and 200 hours and 50 minutes in April.

This worked out to an average of six hours of power failure a day in Sipitang.

In Keningau, an association member experienced close to 250 hours of disruption between March and April.

Tags / Keywords: Utilities , Nation , Sabah , electricity supply


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