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More stable power supply Aug

Published on: Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Consumers in the State can expect more stable electricity supply next month once the Kimanis Power Plant (Block 1 and 2) and SPR Energy Power Plant are fully operational.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (pic) said both power plants would generate a total of 280MW into the Sabah grid, bringing the total power generated to more than 1GW.

Speaking after a meeting of the special taskforce on electricity supply project planning and implementation, Tuesday, Mahdzir said his Ministry will try its best to ensure that Sabahans will have less problems in August.

"It would be too much if I said there will be no blackout problem at all.

What I mean is, we will try to minimise our problems.

"Right now, we have a high margin and when one block has a problem, we will have blackout. After this, with an extra 200MW, we hope there will be less problems," he said.

According to him, the Kimanis Power Plant (KPP) will start operations on July 14 while SPR would be fully operational by July 31.

KPP has one more block which will generate another 95MW and is expected to be fully operational by October this year.

"This year, the System Average Interruption Duration Index (Saidi) for Sabah was 303 cases, albeit excluding the Jan. 17 incident where we experienced total blackout.

"That was not included in the index because it was an abnormal incident, one-off and outside of normal operation performance.

However, SESB did keep a record of that incident.

"Compared to previous years, this number is a huge improvement.

"In 2006, the number of Saidi was 4,030, 2007 was 1,986, 2008 was 1,855, 2009 was 2,867, 2010 was 600, 2011 was 494, 2012 was 556 and last year was 423. This year, we estimate the number to be 433.

But of course, we hope it will be lower than that," he said.

In the meantime, Mahdzir announced that the ministry had awarded 11 companies in the State to produce renewable energy (RE) through solar power for a total of 11MW.

"The ministry through its agency had given quota for renewable energy here in five areas; solar, bio-gas, biomass, mini-hydro and geothermal.

Currently, apart from these 11 companies, we already have companies producing RE through bio-gas and biomass out of oil palm waste," he said.

Later, Mahdzir joined SESB in its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme where 50 children from Rumah Anak Kesayangan in Sembulan were treated to a Majlis Berbuka Puasa.

SESB also took the opportunity to give out duit raya and hampers to the children.

According to SESB Managing Director Abdul Razak Sallim, SESB will be organising similar events in other areas in Sabah and Labuan.