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RM120 Million Lambir Substation To Reinforce Reliability Of Electricity Supply In Miri
Sarawak Energy doubles up efforts to strengthen power system network for Miri with second injection point
MIRI, THURSDAY 10th MARCH, 2016: Residents of Miri will experience better reliability of electricity supply with the construction of the Lambir 275/33kV Substation which will serve as a second injection point of supply to complement the current Tudan Substation. Located along the Miri-Bintulu trunk road, the RM120 million substation is part of Sarawak Energy's ongoing upgrading efforts at distribution level for Miri so its residents can look forward to improved reliability of supply.
A ground breaking ceremony for the substation was held today at the project site in Lambir graced by Datuk Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Minister of Public Utilities who is also Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment and Minister of Industrial Development. Also present was Sarawak Energy Group Chief Executive Officer Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit.
“The Lambir 275/33kV Substation will play an integral part in relieving the heavy supply load currently shouldered by the Tudan Substation, " said Sjotveit at the event.
With a population of more than 350,000 with the second largest city in Sarawak, Miri is an important load centre in the state and has been a particular area of focus of Sarawak Energy's upgrading works. The Lambir substation is part of Sarawak Energy’s commitment to upgrade the infrastructure and distribution system in Miri through an allocation of RM400 million. A further RM200 million has been allocated to improve the northern transmission system.
“Mirians will experience better reliability by 2018 when most of the planned upgrading and new facilities are completed," he said. In addition, Sjotveit said Sarawak Energy was also in the midst of upgrading the State Grid by embarking on the 500kV Backbone Transmission Grid project as a second backbone to transmit power from the generation plants.
“The completion of the 500kV Transmission backbone line and the proposed second 275kV transmission line from Similajau to Lambir will strengthen the state power system’s reliability and solve the current system constraints,” he said.
Work on the new substation will commence this month and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
The primary source of supply for Miri is the Pujut Power Station, with a capacity of 104MW. A secondary source of power comes from the State Grid via a transmission line to Tudan from Similajau. The Tudan 275/33kV Substation currently serves as the only major power injection point from the State Grid with an installed capacity of 2 x 120 MVA (2 x 102MW).