KUCHING: The reliability of power supply in Betong, Pusa and Saratok in central Sarawak will be improved when an extra-high voltage transmission line is connected to the new 275/132/33kV Serudit substation next month.
Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) said the RM200mil transmission line project will benefit about 12,000 people in the area.
“This forms part of SEB’s efforts to meet current and future demand from growth and development in these districts, ” said the CEO of SEB’s utility arm Syarikat Sesco Bhd Lau Kim Swee.
He assured customers that SEB was modernising Sarawak’s power system to provide reliable and affordable electricity supply.
“In doing so, we seek the understanding of those who may be inconvenienced by reinforcement works, ” he said.
SEB regional manager for western region Choo Min Chong said the connection works would be carried out in two stages on Nov 23 to Dec 1 and from Dec 14 to 22.“During those times, one of our two transmission lines will be shut down but this should not affect supply to customers.
“However, as our system will be relying on only one line for supply, any tripping on that line will cause a supply interruption to customers in these areas, ” he said.
As a precaution, SEB will dispatch a technical team and mobile generators to be on standby at strategic locations to speed up response and restoration time when needed.
“All necessary preparations, including vegetation management and overhead line maintenance work have been carried out to prevent any supply interruptions and to ensure the safe completion of works in the shortest time possible.
“In the event of bad weather, works may be postponed for safety reasons, ” Choo said.