Friday, August 19, 2011

Power woes to end in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah's frequent electricity shortages should end by 2015 with the commissioning of two power plants, state minister Datuk Raymond Tan said.

He said the power woes faced by Sabahans now would be resolved after the power plants in Kimanis and Lahad Datu were completed.

Tan, who is Infrastructure Development Minister, said the two power plants would help meet the electricity demand in the state.

“However, it is important that Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) come up with a short-term solution by providing additional generators, upgrading management efficiency and decreasing power interruptions,” he said amid growing criticism against poor service by SESB despite an increase in tariff rates.

Tan said it was the state government's wish that SESB met the requirements and conditions set by the state in allowing the July 15 tariff rates.

He said among the conditions were that SESB had to maintain enough power supply, reasonable and affordable power tariff to Sabahans and to ensure the state had the lowest power tariff in the country.

Tan said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Peter Chin had acknowledged the importance of providing sufficient power supply to Sabah.

He advised local leaders, NGOs and consumers to study and understand the announcement made by the minister and the conditions imposed by the state government before making any comments on the issue.

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