Sarawak Energy Sweeps Major Awards at Power & Electricity World Asia 2015

KUCHING, 8th MAY 2015, FRIDAY:  Sarawak Energy adds two more international recognitions to its list of accolades after winning at the Power & Electricity World Asia 2015 Conference held in Singapore on Wednesday.  The awards are for the “Asia CEO of the Year” and “Utility of the Year 2015”.

Sarawak Energy’s CEO, Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit received the awards at a ceremony held in conjunction with the conference.  

Datuk Torstein was appointed CEO of Sarawak Energy in late 2009. Under his leadership, Sarawak Energy has achieved a remarkable transformation to become a modern and agile corporation, to meet the needs of the people of Sarawak and also the need for large new industrial customers in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).  This entails delivering a five-fold increase in the State’s electrical output, in just this decade.

Sarawak Energy, recognised for its achievements and growth, also stood out among power utility players in the region, winning the Utility of the Year category.  Since 2010, Sarawak Energy has recruited more than 2,000 new local staff and signed 14 agreements with industrial and export customers for a total of more than 3000 megawatts (MW) energy. To meet future demands, Sarawak Energy is on track to become a regional powerhouse in ASEAN, harnessing the state’s potentials in hydropower, coal and gas.  

Despite the challenges of such massive progress, Sarawak Energy has also recorded strong growth in its financial and operational performances in terms of improved reliability and reduction in power theft.

“On behalf of the 4200 staff in Sarawak Energy, I would like to thank the organiser for these prestigious awards.  This could not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of the whole Sarawak Energy team and the wise guidance of our owners and Board of Directors”, said Datuk Torstein at the award ceremony.

The 6th Annual Power & Electricity Awards Asia celebrates and honours the contribution from individuals and organisations towards the growth of the energy and utilities sector in Asia Pacific.  The outstanding achievements raise the bar and help shape the energy and utilities sector in Asia.  

These prestigious award winnings are external validations for Sarawak Energy’s achievements as a company that strives towards continuous improvements and excellence.  

In September last year, Datuk Torstein also won the “Asia’s CEO of the Year 2014” while Sarawak Energy bagged “Power Utility of the Year Malaysia” at the Asian Power Awards held in Kuala Lumpur.

Sarawak Energy has also received international recognition for its CSR initiatives in Murum by winning the ‘Excellence in Provision of Literacy and Education Award (Gold)” at the 7th Annual Global CSR Summit & Awards 2015.  The company also received the coveted “CSR Excellent Award” in 2014 at the Sin Chew Business Excellence Awards Ceremony held in Shah Alam, Selangor.

Sarawak Energy Chief Executive Officer Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit (left) along other award recipients at the prestigious Power & Electricity World Asia 2015 in Singapore.

The “Utility of the Year” and “Asian CEO of the Year” awards.