SEB to expand pool of eligible contractors

Some of the participants attending the virtual briefing on Vendor Financing and SEPRO pre-registration briefing for ALAF.

KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) hopes to expand the pool of qualified contractors that can participate in its rural electrification projects.

The group’s chief executive officer Datuk Sharbini Suhaili said the move would ensure more inclusive participation in SEB’s opportunities in project works for rural electrification.

He said this in a virtual briefing on Vendor Financing and Sarawak Energy e-Procurement (SEPRO) Pre-Registration Briefing for Additional or Late Applicant Fund (ALAF) on Thursday (Sept 23).

ALAF was launched in 2018 by the state government to supply electricity to new households or households not covered in earlier Rural Electrification Scheme projects across Sarawak.

The briefing session was to raise awareness among eligible contractors on its tender processes and requirements in the sector.

“This briefing is intended for contractors to build up their competencies in a focused manner by making the requirements and standards clear so they can take up projects.

“We hope contractors can participate in the rural electrification projects,” added Sharbini.

He also emphasised the importance of meeting safety standards in all projects to ensure an injury-free work environment while highlighting that integrity was a deeply held core value for the corporation, and any violation of SEB’s ethics standards must be reported.

The session was attended by more than 100 vendors and representatives from the Ministry of Utilities, Dewan Usahawan Bumiputera Sarawak, Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Orang Ulu Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB).

Sarawak Energy’s Vendor Financing in collaboration with BIMB aims to strengthen local contractors’ financial capacity by providing better access to financing facilities.

Participants were also given guides for registration on SEPRO system, which is SEB’s procurement digitalisation initiative with an end-to-end integrated platform consolidating all procurements from sourcing, orders, invoicing and payment.

The briefing session was conducted by SEB’s senior manager, Contract & Procurement department, Raden Chekra Muda Raden Alwie.