Sarawak inks power exchange agreement with Sabah

Abang Johari (left) listens to the speech by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) chairman Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (bottom right). At top right is Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Noor.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government has signed a power exchange agreement with its Sabah counterpart to realise the greater Borneo grid.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the interconnection to be established will foster mutual relations between the two states and enhance each other’s economic growth .

“I congratulate Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) for signing the agreement this morning.

“Sarawak has the strength in terms of renewable energy sources from its hydro dams in Bakun, Murum and Baleh.

“We have also been getting energy to Kalimantan through Bengkayang in West Kalimantan since Jan 2016,” he said during the virtual signing ceremony today.

Abang Johari said with Sabah being strong in tourism and other sectors, collaboration could be established between the two states for mutual benefit.

“This agreement commits both organisations to the realisation of the Sarawak-Sabah interconnection and moves us a step closer towards the greater Borneo Grid.

“This partnership between Sarawak and Sabah will encourage greater collaboration in the region and foster shared learning, driving us closer to a sustainable energy future for all.

“I also believe it will further enhance the warm relationship that we have always enjoyed with Sabah,” he said.

The chief minister said beyond these benefits, the collaboration would encourage close cooperation in many other important areas as the development of an interconnection was a big, long-term investment for both parties.

“Through this unified approach, we will be able to foster greater understanding and benefit-sharing between Sarawak and Sabah that form the Malaysian territories in Borneo,” he said.