KOTA KINABALU: The state and federal governments have yet to decide on developing coal power plants in Sabah as the focus is to strengthen the transmission and distribution of supply first.
Energy, Green Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment Minister Yeo Bee Yin (pic) said the power reserve in Sabah is at 32%, which means there is enough supply for now.
“The main reason there is so much disruption is due to the transmission and distribution networks, which is why the focus is to get this up and running properly first,” she said after a meeting with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal here on Tuesday (Oct 23).
She said the issue of coal power plants was discussed but it did not mean anything concrete at the moment.
“We are looking at many different suggestions. We will have a better picture of what Sabah needs and how the state and federal government can come to an agreement on solving power supply woes in Sabah,” Yeo added.
She said the focus is to provide reliable and sustainable power in Sabah and make sure the problem of disruptions doesn’t reoccur.
“We will come up with a plan by year-end hopefully, and then we will make an announcement once we have it,” she said.
Yeo also pointed out that the ongoing federal project to improve power supply in Sabah would most probably be completed by 2021.
“By then, Sabah can expect a 50% reduction in disruptions but then, it would still be double the rate faced by consumers in Peninsular Malaysia," she said,
Sabah currently experiences four times higher disruptions compared to the peninsula,” she said.
Meanwhile, Shafie said they also spoke about dams and gas among other issues during the meeting.
“We want to ensure that supply and distribution of power reaches all consumers and industries,” he said.