SESB hoping no need for power rationing after IPP shutdown

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s power grid will lose up to 95MW for over a week with one of its independent power producers (IPPs) scaling down due to maintenance work.

Sabah and Labuan Grid System Operator Adrian Mosigil said the IPP Rugading has to be shut down to allow its maintenance in order it would be more reliable in future.

“The Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) was informed that the maintenance work will be carried out at the Rugading power station from May 25 to June 2,” he said in a statement Monday (May 27).

As a result, the IPP which produces some 190MW will be unable to supply between 65MW and 95MW.

Mosigil said that due to the shutdown, the state’s power grid will have a depleted generation reserve that might force the SESB to carry out scheduled power rationing exercises.

“But the SESB will ensure the disruption is minimal for consumers,” Mosigil said.

He added that the SESB will try its best not to implement the rationing but in the event they had to, he added, several districts will undergo the exercise in stages at a minimum rate.

Mosigil then said that this is intended to stabilise the power grid in Sabah in order to subsequently avoid extensive disruption of the electricity supply in the state and Labuan.

The average power demands for peak hours in Sabah and Labuan were between 970MW and 1,160MW, he added.

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