Sarawak to export 30MW electricity to Sabah

Abang Johari (left) and Hajiji (right) witnessing the signing of the agreement.

KUCHING: Sarawak will export 30MW of electricity to Sabah for a period of 15 years by the end of 2023.

Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) said this was agreed on following a Power Exchange Agreement and an Interconnection Agreement signing held virtually today (Aug 6).

The agreements marked a historic milestone in the journey towards materialising the Borneo Grid and the wider Asean Power Grid.

“The agreements will pave the way for an initial export of 30MW for a term of 15 years via a 31km 275kV double circuit transmission line which will run from Lawas in Sarawak to Mengalong in Sabah.

“The interconnection is expected to commence by end 2023, once the grid expansion under Sarawak Energy’s Northern Agenda has connected Miri to the northern towns of Limbang and Lawas in Sarawak,” the two organisations said in a joint statement.

SESB was represented by by its chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Nasser Abdul Wahid and SEB by its chief executive officer Datuk Sharbini Suhaili.

The signings were witnessed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and his Sabah counterpart Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Noor.

Joining them were State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion; Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom; Rural Electricity Assistant Minister Datuk Liwan Lagang and Sarawak Energy chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi.

Abang Johari lauded the collaboration and congratulated the two power providers for working together on the interconnection project, which will foster shared learning and encourage greater collaboration in the region.

Similarly, his Sabah counterpart Hajiji said the initiative would support the state’s development agenda under Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ), and the growth of the industrial sector in Sabah as a whole.