Tenaga targets shorter power outages by 2006

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 25 Feb 2004

ALOR STAR: Major towns and cities in the country can expect shorter power interruptions by 2006 when Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s supervisory control and data acquisition (Scada) project is completed. 

Tenaga chairman Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin said the RM40mil first phase of the project, which was being implemented in the Klang Valley, was likely to be completed before the end of the year. 

He said the project’s RM200mil second phase would be implemented at high-power consumption areas in other parts of Peninsular Malaysia such as major towns and industrial and commercial centres. 

“This phase is expected to take off at the end of the year and be completed in 2006,” Dr Awang said after the Sultan of Kedah opened Tenaga’s RM38mil new eight-storey Kedah headquarters here yesterday. 

He said the Scada system enabled power to be restored to affected areas in about five minutes instead of the current average of two hours. 

He said the system could identify areas with power outages and restore supply by getting electricity from other available sources. 

Dr Awang added that Tenaga had reduced the average duration of interruption experienced by consumers in Peninsular Malaysia from 700 minutes per consumer in a year in 1997 to 103 minutes last year. 

He said the company had targeted to further reduce the average duration to 50 minutes in 2007 and 25 minutes in 2010, which was on par with that of world-class utility companies. 

In his speech earlier, he said Malaysia now had more than enough power supply with a current excess reserve of almost 50%. 

Dr Awang said Tenaga was now implementing 30 projects, costing about RM683mil, to upgrade its transmission system. 

“We have also allocated about RM600mil to upgrade our distribution network this year of which RM25mil is for Kedah,” he added. 

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