KUCHING: Sarawak Energy’s 132kV/33kV substation in Kanowit will reinforce power supply reliability in central Sarawak once it is connected to the transmission grid network.

The substation will further link to Julau and Ngugun medium voltage substations via double-circuit transmission lines, providing thousands more homes and business centres in the area with reliable, renewable and affordable electricity.

The substation is expected to be ready for partial operation in December this year and will be fully operational by March 2021.

Sharbini (left) at the project site with Project Director Albert Bong Chong Sar (third left). Also present are Vice President for Project Delivery, Pramod Kumar (second left) and Vice President for Rural Electrification, Dr Chen Shiun (right).

The official launch of Sarawak Utility Project (Projek Utiliti Sarawak) was held on Jan 11at the project site of the Kanowit 132/33kV Substation, drawing a crowd of more than a thousand people from the surrounding towns and villages.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg officiated at the event. Accompanying him were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom.

Among those present were Rural Electricity, Assistant Minister Datuk Liwan Lagang; and Water Supply Assistant Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi; the permanent secretary to Ministry of Utilities Datuk Alice Jawan Empaling; and Sarawak Energy group chief executive officer Datuk Sharbini Suhaili.