Power exchange agreement to ensure reliable electricity in Sabah and Labuan

Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid

KUCHING: People in Sabah and Labuan will soon have access to reliable electricity supply. This is made possible through the interconnection project initiative between Sabah and Sarawak.

A power exchange arrangement between Sarawak and Sabah took place today that will ensure the delivery of stable and sustainable electricity.

Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) and Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said that the project will increase the reliability of the Sabah Grid System.

“This ensures the supply of electricity to the people in Sabah including the Federal Territory of Labuan is stable and sustainable.

He said this in his speech during the power exchange agreement between SESB and Sarawak Energy Berhad held today.

“Additionally, this initiative will also contribute towards optimising the operating cost of hydro generation sources from Sarawak,” he said while describing how the project will contribute towards the efficiency of electricity supply.

“The project will also benefit the future of both states in terms of diversification of generation sources,” he added.

Mahdzir said the implementation of the Sabah-Sarawak 275kV Interconnection Line Project was approved by the Electricity Supply and Tariff Planning and Implementation Committee and commenced in 2017.

“It was implemented with an estimated cost of RM33 million and will be commissioned in 2023,” he said.

The SESB chairman is confident that the close cooperation between the two states will provide flexibility on the Sabah Grid System’s generating capacity to receive any surge in electricity.

“This is especially from large-scale investors and consumers with the rapid development taking place in Sabah and Sarawak,” he added.