Power lines damaged in fire to be restored on Friday instead of July

Grid maintenance head Kamarol Zaman Razak (second left) inspecting the site of the damaged cables when repair works first started on March 4.

TENAGA Nasional Berhad’s (TNB) high voltage cables that caught fire at KM3.2 of Penang Bridge on Feb 22 will come back into operation on Friday.

TNB chief grid officer Datuk Husaini Husin said TNB’s quick and continuous commitment with the cooperation of Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) and PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PLUS)

enabled the progress of the repair work to be ahead of the scheduled completion date of July 6, despite having to deal with rough seas.

“Repair works started on March 4, which included the replacement of three high voltage cables from Bukit Tengah Main Intake Substation to Bayan Mutiara of about 1km.

“Throughout the repair period, traffic flow at Penang Bridge

was not disrupted at all as TNB conducted repairs by sea.

“The repair work did not affect the reliability and stability of electricity supply to Penang island,” he said in a statement on Monday.

Husaini added that TNB used boats and barges to transport equipment as well as spare parts, apart from carrying out the cable laying work completely using a barge from below the bridge.

“Despite the ongoing nationwide lockdown, the work of replacing the cable continues with strict standard operating procedures and upon getting the approval of Energy and Natural Resources Ministry.

“TNB’s priority is to repair the damaged cable so that our customers in Penang can continue to receive stable and reliable electricity supply, in line with our customer-centric core values.

“TNB is grateful for the cooperation shown by various parties including the Penang government, Energy Commission (Penang, Kedah and Perlis),

LLM, PLUS, Fire and Rescue Department, Royal Malaysia Police and Penang Port Sdn Bhd,” he said.

Husaini said an investigation report of the February fire would be finalised with PLUS by next month.

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