SEB wants contractors to be careful when dealing with cables

Sharbini (left) handing out duit raya and goodie bags to children from Rumah Amal Nur Murni at the buka puasa event. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE /The Star

KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) has called on contractors carrying out excavation and construction works near underground cables to exercise more care.

This would help prevent supply interruption due to damaged cables, its chief executive officer Sharbini Suhaili said.

“I hope everyone will give their cooperation to SEB so that our infrastructure projects can be carried out successfully for the benefit of all.

“Your cooperation will help us to light every home, especially during this festive season,” he said at a buka puasa hosted by SEB at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching on Monday.

Last Saturday, SEB said a 33kV underground cable at Selangau-Mukah junction (part of the Pan Borneo Highway construction site) was damaged due to excavation work, causing supply interruption to more than 500 customers in Jalan Sipiring, Kemena and Ulu Sungai Arip.

Supply was restored at 3pm through the Tatau supply line while repair works were estimated to be completed by Sunday due to the extensive damage.

SEB expressed concern over the recurrence of excavation-related outages, saying 22 incidents had been recorded in Selangau alone since the Pan Borneo project commenced in 2017.

Sharbini also said SEB was committed to ensure stable electricity supply to its customers.

He said SEB would ensure that its generation, transmission and distribution projects complied with industrial best practices.

“Among the major projects we are implementing are the Balingian coal-fired power plant, Kota-2 mini-hydro project, Baleh hydroelectric project and Tanjung Kidurong combined cycle gas turbine power plant,” he said.

In addition, he said SEB would continue to implement the Sarawak Alternative Rural Electrification Scheme (Sares) in line with its target of achieving 100% electricity coverage in the state by 2025.

At present, Sarawak’s electricity coverage stands at 95%.

“We have also launched several 500kVA mobile generator sets which can be used as an alternative source of power when supply interruptions occur.

“This will also help improve and speed up our response time,” he said.

Sharbini later handed over duit Raya and gifts from SEB to senior citizens from Rumah Seri Kenangan and children from Rumah Amal Nur Murni.

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