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SESB tells why it has to carry out DSM programme

Published on: Sunday, May 18, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Electricity Sdn bhd (SESB) has to carry out Demand Side Management involving large power consumers (LPCs) to ensure the stability of the Grid System across Sabah and Labuan.

According to SESB Senior Manager (Asset Management) Muhamad Nazri Pazil, the DSM programme was planned and the LPC companies involved will be announced beforehand on the need to carry out DSM during peak demand.

The DSM programme involves LPC companies across Sabah and Labuan, which have been identified to have their own generator sets.

The DSM programme has indirectly helped in reducing the number of electrical interruptions across the State, said SESB in a statement.

If the DSM still cannot meet the electrical demands, then load shedding will be carried out in turns to other users.

Besides this, SESB has also provided a DSM incentive to assist LPCs that participate in the programme to manage and reduce the operation cost as a result of the DSM programme.

Meanwhile, the reduction in power supply generation is expected to be over soon when two Independent Power Producers (IPPs) being built in Kimanis (Kimanis Power Sdn Bhd and SPR Energy) start to supply electricity into the Sabah Grid System.

Both these IPPs are able to generate up to 385MW of electricity and SESB is expecting the IPP stations to individually begin supplying electricity in stages starting from the end of May (KPSB) as much as 95MW and 100MW (SPR Energy) at the end of June.

With the additional capacity, SESB will be able to sustain the increasing daily electrical needs.

At this time, the demand for electrical energy is around 860MW-910MW compared to generation capacity of the IPPs and SESB of between 800MW- 840MW each day.

He said this in response to the statement by the Sabah Timber Industry Association (STIA) regarding the DSM programme being carried out since early this year.