KUCHING: Pestech International Bhd, a leading power system engineering and technical solutions provider, has donated RM100,000 to Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts in the Murum resettlement villages.
Pestech chief executive officer Paul Lim presented the cheque to SEB corporate services chief Aisah Eden at Menara Sarawak Energy here.
Lim said Pestech was touched by the hospitality of the resettled Murum villagers and it was only right for the company to lend a helping hand in their development.
“We have been operating in the remote area of Murum Junction since 2012, building a 275kV substation to connect the Murum HEP with Bakun HEP to the state grid. Over the construction period, we received warm hospitality from the people and even employed 10 locals in our project team.
“Due to the remoteness, our project team had to seek the assistance of the villagers to locate a water source, without which our operations would have been affected,” he said.
Lim said the cooperation between Pestech, SEB and the people of Murum had enabled the Murum Junction substation project to progress on track. Its first stage is scheduled to be completed by the end of this month.
Commissioning of the substation is planned for next month.
The Murum Junction substation is part of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) as it will connect the Murum HEP to the state grid and serve as a collector station for future hydropower generation from the planned Belaga HEP and Pelagus HEP. This will increase SCORE’s power supply reliability.
Besides the substation, Pestech also built living quarters equipped with hostel, canteen and recreation facilities next to the project site for its staff and subcontractors.
Aisah said SEB encouraged its project partners to lend a helping hand in the development of communities affected by the project, in this case Murum HEP.
“We will work closely with the Murum Penan Development Committee on how best to utilise the funds given by Pestech,” she said.