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SEB To Sell 230MW Of Power To West Kalimantan By Mid-2014

July 21, 2011


KUCHING: Sarawak is expected to sell up to 230 megawatts of electricity, via Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), to West Kalimantan by mid-2014, said State Public Utilities Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

Tengah, who is also Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management, said construction of the new line would commence early next year using a new 275 Kv transmission line that would connect Mambong, near here, to Bengkayang in West Kalimantan.

“The interconnection provides Sarawak the platform to become a powerhouse in the region and will allow Indonesia to capture massive savings compared to the cost of the oil-fired power that is mainly used today,” he said in a statement in conjunction with the signing, on Monday, of a team sheet for a power purchase exchange agreement between SEB and PT PLN Persero (PLN), the Indonesian power utility.

Tengah said the potential to export bulk power through a transmission line connecting Sarawak and West Kalimantan was explored for many years, with an initial feasibility study undertaken in 1994.

“This idea has been on the BIMP-EAGA agenda for many years, so I am thrilled that this vision is now a step closer to reality,” he said, adding it was a great deal for both Sarawak and Indonesia.

It was a great example of what can be achieved through cooperation with neighbours in Borneo in the spirit of Asean, he said.

He said, by 2020, Sarawak’s installed generation capacity was expected to be up to 7,500 MW with 75 per cent of the renewable energy coming mainly from hydro energy, which was a huge increase from the current capacity of 1,250 MW.

The signing was also the fifth since April that SEB had reached for the sale of bulk electricity from Sarawak.

The first four agreements will provide energy to large customers, especially energy-intensive industries such as the aluminum, manganese and silicon industries providing massive investment and employment in Sarawak under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) initiatives. – Bernama


(Source : Borneo Post Online, 21/7/11)