Reliable electricity supply through Sarawak-Sabah interconnection

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KUCHING: The 275kV Sarawak-Sabah interconnection will ensure the reliability and security of electricity supply.

“The Sarawak-Sabah interconnection will be via a 31km 275kV line that will connect our future Lawas substation to Mengalong substation near Sipitang, Sabah. This is made possible through Sarawak Energy’s ongoing Northern Grid Extension project.

“Expected interconnection benefits include diversifying the generation mix for Sabah and Sarawak, the loads and reducing risk in off-takers consumption. This will also facilitate economic collaboration between Sabah and Sarawak,” said Sarawak Energy Berhad chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi.

Abdul Hamed said the collaboration also brought both parties a step closer to realising the Borneo Grid Agenda and act as a catalyst for the wider Asean Power Grid.

“We look forward to seeing the fruits of the partnership between Sarawak Energy and Sabah Electricity,” he said during a power sharing agreement signing ceremony on Friday (Aug 6).

Abdul Hamed said the agreement supported Sarawak’s aspiration to become a regional power centre through affordable, stable and renewable energy and contributes to the sustainable growth and prosperity of the region.

“This will be the first electricity supply project between two electricity suppliers in Malaysia. This is also the second project for Sarawak after the electricity supply project to West Kalimantan in 2016.”

He thanked SEB’s partners from Sabah Electricity, for their cooperation since the preliminary agreement that was signed in 2013.

“This was followed by a joint feasibility study in 2016 and a term sheet agreement in 2020. The culmination was the signing ceremony of this power exchange agreement and interconnection agreement.

“Allow me on behalf of Sarawak Energy to express my appreciation to the Sarawak and Sabah state governments for their support in this project.”

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