SEB making progress towards full electrification


KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) is making progress in its endeavor to provide full electrification in Sarawak before 2025, assures chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi.

“As the implementing agency of the Ministry of Utilities, we have been able to achieve 97 percent rural electrification in 2020.”

He said this during a power sharing agreement signing ceremony between SEB and Sabah Electricity on Friday (Aug 6).

Abdul Hamed said besides ensuring full electrification in the state, SEB had put emphasis on renewable hydropower.

“We are ahead of the curve with our early move to hydropower – today, about 70 percent of our generation mix is from renewable hydro resources.

“We have attracted foreign investments in energy-intensive industries in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy.

“We have also reduced the carbon emission intensity of our power system by 68 percent from 2011 to 2019.”

He said this was in tandem with the state government’s aim to place greater importance on environmental sustainability and a low carbon future.

“This is contributing to global climate action efforts. We are delighted with the recognition of large hydro as renewable energy by the federal government earlier this year.”

Abdul Hamed said this allowed Sarawak’s contributions to the national commitment to the Paris Agreement targets to be recognised.

“Hydropower has also allowed us to explore renewable energy alternatives, including floating solar and a hydrogen economy.

“We hope to accelerate renewable energy transformation and support economic growth in Borneo by sharing these benefits through regional interconnectivity.”

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