SESB trying to complete project by end of the year

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Elect-ricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) is striving to ensure that the long delayed RM450mil east-west grid is completed by the end of the year. 

SESB managing director Ba-harin Din said the death of an Indian national in the collapse of a high-tension tower on Friday was another setback. 

“We are trying our best to complete this 275kV grid by this year,” he said in a statement. 

The grid that was supposed to connect SESB’s east and west coast networks was initially scheduled for completion last December. 

However due to various problems over land acquisition and other matters, the deadline was later rolled back to mid-2007. 

On Friday’s mishap, Baharin said six workers were in the midst of connecting cables from one tower to another near Kampung Tegudon in Penampang district when the structure collapsed. 

One of the workers, Laxman Mehta, in his 30’s, was killed.  

The other five workers sus-tained injuries. 

Baharin added that Occu-pational Safety and Health De-partment officials as well as the project contractor were conducting a probe into the incident. 

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