Cable repair on Penang Bridge to be completed by Friday (June 25), two weeks ahead of schedule


GEORGE TOWN: The high-voltage cables on Penang Bridge that caught fire several months ago will be fully repaired and operational on Friday (June 25).

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) chief grid officer Datuk Husaini Husin said this was ahead of the scheduled completion date of July 6, despite the repair crews having to deal with rough sea conditions.

He attributed this to TNB’s commitment to the repairs and the cooperation of the Malaysian Highway Authority and PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PLUS).

The cables caught fire at KM3.2 of the Penang Bridge on Feb 22 and caused massive traffic jams for days.

“Repair work which started on March 4 included the replacement of about 1km of three high-voltage cables from the Bukit Tengah Main Intake Substation to Bayan Mutiara.

“Throughout the repair period, traffic flow at Penang Bridge was not disrupted at all as TNB conducted repairs via the sea route.

“The repair work has not affected the reliability and stability of electricity supply to Penang, ” Husaini said in a statement on Monday (June 21).

Husaini added that TNB used boats and barges to transport equipment, as well as spare parts, apart from carrying out the cable laying work using a barge.

“Despite the ongoing lockdown, work on replacing the cable continued by adhering to strict standard operating procedures upon getting approval from the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry.

“TNB’s priority is to repair the damaged cable so that our customers in Penang can continue to receive stable and reliable electricity supply," he said.

Husaini added that a report of the incident is being prepared and will be finalised together with PLUS in July.GEORGE TOWN: The high-voltage cables on Penang Bridge that caught fire several months ago will be fully repaired and operational on Friday (June 25).

Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) chief grid officer Datuk Husaini Husin said this was ahead of the scheduled completion date of July 6, despite the repair crews having to deal with rough sea conditions.

He attributed this to TNB’s commitment to the repairs and the cooperation of the Malaysian Highway Authority and PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PLUS).

The cables caught fire at KM3.2 of the Penang Bridge on Feb 22 and caused massive traffic jams for days.

“Repair work which started on March 4 included the replacement of about 1km of three high-voltage cables from the Bukit Tengah Main Intake Substation to Bayan Mutiara.

“Throughout the repair period, traffic flow at Penang Bridge was not disrupted at all as TNB conducted repairs via the sea route.

“The repair work has not affected the reliability and stability of electricity supply to Penang, ” Husaini said in a statement on Monday (June 21).

Husaini added that TNB used boats and barges to transport equipment, as well as spare parts, apart from carrying out the cable laying work using a barge.

“Despite the ongoing lockdown, work on replacing the cable continued by adhering to strict standard operating procedures upon getting approval from the Energy and Natural Resources Ministry.

“TNB’s priority is to repair the damaged cable so that our customers in Penang can continue to receive stable and reliable electricity supply," he said.

Husaini added that a report of the incident is being prepared and will be finalised together with PLUS in July.

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