Excavation Works Damage Underground Power Cable in Miri

Sarawak Energy technical team working to repair damaged cable and restore supply

MIRI, 25th APRIL 2016, MONDAY: Excavation works by a private company damaged an underground cable in Kuala Baram here today causing power outage to some parts of the area.

The incident, which happened around 2pm along Kuala Baram road (after Lutong-Senadin junction), affected supply to three substations; Meteor Garden, River View and Sri Bima. 

At press time, repair works is currently underway to fix the damaged cable and estimate to complete before midnight. Nevertheless, Sarawak Energy technical team is focusing all efforts to ensure restoration is done in the shortest time possible. 

As an immediate measure, generator sets have been deployed to restore supply to some parts of the affected area.

Choo Min Chong, Sarawak Energy Regional Manager for Northern Region reiterated a reminder to contractors to be more vigilant when doing excavation or drilling.

“We constantly remind contractors to be careful and always check with us on the cable route before digging. They should not assume the location or depth of the underground cable.

“Not only will this avoid damaging the cables and causing inconvenience of a power outage to our customers, it is also to protect the safety of contractors and their workers. Safety is what we are most concerned of,” he said.