KOTA KINABALU: Electricians in Sabah’s east coast are carrying out emergency repairs and restoration work following the collapse of one of the power towers there.
A statement by the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) yesterday said that the tower linking Segaliud-Dam road that supplied 132kV of power to districts such as Lahad Datu, Semporna, Kunak and Tawau collapsed at around 3.40pm on Thursday.
However, emergency work is being carried out to build a temporary power station that is only expected to be operational by next week.
The statement said load shedding had to be activated in these districts in the east coast as the remaining stations in Tawau and Lahad Datu could only supply about 137MW of power whereas the demand was about 160MW.
Load shedding would be activated during peak hours until the temporary station starts operating next week, it said.
An investigating team from Tenaga Nasional Berhad as well as SESB has been set up to probe the cause of collapse.
An estimated 20,000-plus people in the areas are affected by the load shedding exercise.