PENAMPANG – The federal government has allocated RM515 million to strengthen and upgrade transmission and supply of electricity in Sabah, next year.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the allocation was part of the RM2.3 billion fund approved by the federal government for four years, until 2019.
“All these efforts will improve the quality of electricity supply to the users,” he told reporters at a Christmas Day Open House, organised by Parti Bersatu Sabah here today.
Ongkili said the ministry would also place an additional Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) for next year to ensure the agency upgraded its performance in the distribution of electricity distribution to consumers as well as to reduce interruption.
He said he would be monitoring SESB very closely, as he also had a KPI to keep the level of electricity interruption to a minimum level.
“We are setting (to achieve) 300 (minutes) of System Average Interruption Duration Index (Saidi) in Sabah for next year,” he added.
In the meantime, he said the cabinet would decide the implementation of a 380MW gas-fired power plant in Sandakan in January, next year.
Under the project, the gas would be channeled from Tuaran to Sandakan using a piped system and pass through several districts including Tuaran, Kota Belud, Kota Marudu and Beluran to meet the demand for power in the east coast of Sabah. – BERNAMA