Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Focus group to address power woes in Sabah

This is a move that should give you a bit of a reason to cheer up. The government will form a focus group to monitor and advise on the implementation of electricity supply projects in Sabah.

It's essentially a committee that will report to the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister on matters relating to the planning and implementation of electricity supply projects in the state.

Composition of the focus group:
  • Dato’ Seri Mahdzir Khalid - Chairman
  • Energy Commission representative
  • Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) representative 
  • Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) representatives
  • 7 Barisan Nasional backbenchers from component parties in Sabah.

The terms of reference (TOR) of the focus group:
  • to monitor closely the development and implementation of power generation, transmission and distribution projects, particularly those approved under the Tenth Malaysia Plan, 
  • to study the electricity tariff,
  • to look at SESB’s turnaround.

The other agencies that will be involved include the Economic Planning Unit and Public Private Cooperation Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department, Finance Ministry, Infrastructure Division of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, Sabah State Economic Planning Unit and Sustainable Energy Development Authority.

“The government is committed to addressing the electricity woes in Sabah and the formation of the focus group will step up the efforts.”
- Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili

The minister said various measures would be in place within the next three years, which are expected to ensure sufficient electricity supply for Sabah for the next decade.

Sabah's current electricity supply status

Sabah’s installed electricity capacity is at 1,344MW and available capacity is about 1,100MW while demand is at 870 to 950MW, with a reserve of between 20 MW and 100 MW. The available capacity is lower than the installed capacity due to contingency for planned power outage and forced outage.

TheGreenMechanics' 2 cents:
I agree with the notion that, for us to address Sabah’s electricity woes, every party has to cooperate and be rational. While the rakyat can cooperate by willing to wait and stretching their patience to the limit, those given the power/trust to manage the situation would also need to show urgency.

AND for once, please avoid giving excuses when you cannot fulfill pledges.

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Tedi said...

bagus.. lagi bagus kalau usahakan juga tenaga solar atau angin. Malaysia yg maju ni sepatutnya Sabah, Sarawak pun dapat kemudahan yg sepatutnya.

de engineur said...

Betul tu. Tapi utk masa ini, yg perlu disegerakan ialah Kimanis Power Plant yg berupaya menjana 300MW. Banyak yg boleh diselesaikan dgn tambahan keupayaan sebanyak itu.