KUCHING: The Sinohydro-Trenergy joint venture (JV) has been formally awarded with two packages of the proposed 500kV transmission line project by Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB).
The power group notified the JV — a partnership between Sinohydro Corp and Sara-wak Cable Bhd’s Trenergy Infrastructure Sdn Bhd — on its intention to award the two packages worth a total of RM618.6mil, in late August.
The first package involves the construction of transmission line from Mapai to Lachau, with a contract period of 23 months, while the second package is for the setting up of transmission line from Lachau to Tondong, for 26 months.
“The commencement date for both the packages shall be on Nov 15 this year, or at a such later date as may be notified by SEB,” Sarawak Cable said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia.
Work for the two packages was earlier targeted to commence on Oct 1.
Sarawak Cable said the two packages were expected to contribute positively to group’s earnings and net assets for financial years ending Dec 31 next year and 2015.
SEB has awarded four other packages of the 500kV transmission line backbone project to international and local contrac-tors. All six packages are worth about RM1.2bil.
Toshiba Transmission and Distribution System Asia Sdn Bhd-Xian Electric Engnee-ring Co Ltd JV will construct the 500kV transmission line from Similajau to Mapai, and the proposed 275kV transmission line from Mapai to Oya.
The contract awarded to KEC Interna-tional Ltd is for the proposed Mambong and Entinggan 275kV substation extension.
Pestech Sdn Bhd will undertake the Mapai 275/33kV substation project.
SEB chief executive officer Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit said the entire 500kV trans-mission line project would cost some RM3bil.
He said other components would comprise new power substations and connecting towers.
The project, which is expected to be fully completed by 2016, will support the future development of SEB’s generating system and provide a strong security of supply to the fast expanding customers within Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) areas.
SEB’s 944MW Murum hydroelectric dam is expected to channel its first power into the state’s transmission grid in third quarter of next year.
Impoundment of the dam’s reservoir commenced a month ago and is expected to take between 12 and 14 months for the water level to reach the minimum level for turbines to operate and generate electricity.
To increase its production capacity, SEB has planned for a 600MW coal-fired power plant in Balingian, Mukah Division as well as several other new hydroelectric dam projects in the state’s central and northern regions.