KOTA KINABALU: People in the Sabah interior Ranau district at the foothills of Mount Kinabalu will literally have a brighter future not too long from now.
Gone will be the frequent power blackouts. And complaints will be attended to promptly.
This is what Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) officials are promising. They are committed to providing a better service to the people of this district, said Ranau MP Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.
The Minister in the Prime Ministers Department said this following a dialogue between himself, SESB oficials and representatives from the Ranau business community at the Perkasa Hotel, Kundasang earlier this week.
They expressed regret for the frequent blackouts in the past, especially over the past two months or so. To be fair, it is not totally their fault. And they have carried out remedial works, he said.
Dompok added: The SESB informed us that things will change for the better next month. They gave us a briefing of what they have done and their planning for Ranau. Once they complete their target, I can see that Ranau will have a brighter future.
SESB senior general manager for operations Peter Lajumin, said the utility company was strengthening the generation capacity of power stations in the district including by adding in a 1MW generator set while using the 33kV Tuaran-Kundasang grid only as back up power source.
He said, SESB could provide up to 10,955kW per day if its four power stations are functioning well.
However, the two mini-hydro stations, for instance, will not be able to produce as expected during dry seasons, he said.
He addied that the situation was made worse by other factors such as technical faults and natural disasters.
Lajumin elaborated that heavy rain caused landslides at Kam-pung Kinisaran (Jan 1), Kampung Pinausok (Jan 16) and Kampung Himbaan (Jan 18) while the transformers at the BCCM, Kampung Konipir and Kampung Lagkau stations were stolen on Jan 25.
The landslide at Kg Pinausok was a major one, while it needed at least a day to replace the stolen transformers.
As if these were not bad enough, we had to make scheduled interruption of power delivery to enable us to do maintenance work, he added.
Also present at the dialogue were the District Officer Siriman Basir and the SESB Ranau chief Francis Kugan.