Energy Commission denies approving Sabah battery energy storage project

KOTA KINABALU: The Energy Commission has denied approving any application to build a 100MW battery energy storage system (BESS) in Sabah.

In a statement on Friday (Oct 20), the commission said it had yet to receive any formal application for a stand-alone 100MW BESS installation in the state from any party and as such, could not have approved the project.

News reports online and in print on Thursday (Oct 19) and Friday carried news of the purported project's approval.

According to the reports, Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) will carry out the installation of a 100MW BESS as a short-term solution to the power supply issue in the state.

The reports quoted SESB chairman Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau as saying that the matter had been approved by the commission.

The commission added in the statement that it "respectfully requests all relevant news portals to make the necessary corrections to their reporting."

It advised the public to contact it at 03-8870 8800, by email at or visit its website at for further information or enquiries.

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