Blackout In Sarawak’s Border Districts After Landslides Cut Off Power Supply

BAU: Two districts in the southern side of Sarawak close to the Malaysia-Indonesia border have been left in the dark after two landslide incidents cut off electricity supply in the area.

State-owned power company Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) in a statement tonight said that its technical team had been deployed on-site to carry out repair and restoration works on two electricity supply lines running between the districts of Bau and Lundu which had been damaged by the landslides.

“Two 33 kV (Kilovolt)  overhead lines tripped after the landslide incidents damaged an electrical pole and caused underground cable fault from soil erosion,” read the statement.

The first line was reported to have tripped at about 11.30 pm on Wednesday, Jan 13, and SEB immediately deployed its operation team to assess the impact of the landslide on the fallen pole.

“However, repair efforts were hampered by unsafe site conditions due to landslide and area inaccessibility due to floodwaters,” it said.

According to the statement, the second line to the two districts tripped at about 10.45 am today after another landslide incident damaged the underground cable.

“Restoration efforts will only proceed after the site has been cleared and safe for repair works,” it added.

The statement quoted SEB’s regional manager for the western region, Choo Min Chong, as saying that the restoration team was working to repair the broken pole at the first line, which is expected to be completed by 10.00 pm tonight.

“Earth movement and poor weather conditions continue to hamper the team’s progress in safe and quick restoration works. We are updating our affected customers on the situation and truly appreciate their kind understanding on this. We assure them that we are doing our best to restore the power supply safely as soon as we can,” he added.