Sabah Electricity Gets An RM2.2 Billion Boost; 57 Projects On The Cards

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MAXIMUS ONGKILI

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has allocated RM2.2billion to improve electricity supply in Sabah from 2015 to 2020, the Dewan Rakyat was told Tuesday.

Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili, the Energy, Green Technology and Water minister said the amount was channelled as grants to 57 projects involving power generation, delivery, distribution, post black-out and hydroelectric studies.

“These include the construction of 300MW gas power plant in Sandakan and 275kV transmission lines from Kalumpang to Sipitang (390km).

“Currently, there are 41 on-going projects worth RM1.41 billion with five projects completed this year,” he said in reply to Datuk Raime Unggi (BN-Tenom) during the minister’s question and answer session.

According to NST online, a news portal, Raime had asked the government to state the short and long-term actions to strengthen electricity supply in Sabah and reduce power disruption.

Maximus said Sabah Electricity Supply Task Force was also set up to carry out power supply projects in the state.

He said the initiatives would improve the quality of electricity supply to consumers in the state.

He said the efforts reduced the System Average Interruption Duration Index from 2,868 minutes per user in 2009 to 311 minutes per person last year.