Sarawak Energy’s New Rm11.5 Million Petanak 33/11kV Substation Commissioned

New 33kV substation to further improve supply reliability in Kuching City Centre

KUCHING, FRIDAY, 8th APRIL 2016: Sarawak Energy recently commissioned a new 33kV substation located at Petanak area to cater for the increasing load demand from the commercial and residential customers within Kuching city centre, especially from the golden triangle area.  The new Petanak substation will ease the loads from existing Mosque 33/11kV substation and Taman Sri Sarawak 33/11kV substation.

The new Petanak substation involved an investment of RM11.5 million to cater for the growing power demand in the city, including a nearby new condominium block and commercial centers. The substation was energised and in operation since 10th March 2016. Building more substations and lines are part of Sarawak Energy’s ongoing efforts towards improving the reliability of power supply.

Sarawak Energy’s Executive Vice President and CEO of SESCO, Mr. Lu Yew Hung said, “We spend approximately RM300 million every year to reinforce and strengthen the distribution system. About RM250 million of this is to build new distribution substations and lines, and to upgrade heavily loaded transformers and overhead lines. Another RM50 million is spent per year for basic substation and overhead lines maintenance, including vegetation clearing.”

“Sarawak Energy strives to continuously improve our distribution system to give Sarawakians the modern, efficient and reliable power system every customer deserves,” added Mr. Lu.

Among the major upgrading works and facilities in the pipeline for Kuching are new Tabuan Tranquility 33/11kV substation, new Stakan 33/11kV substation and new Airport no.2 33/11kV substation. All these substations are scheduled to commission in 2016. In addition to that, we are also upgrading the existing Transmitting 33/11kV substation.

Other than the initiatives taken to improve the state’s power distribution system, Sarawak Energy, in 2013, embarked on a massive state infrastructure upgrading project, the 500kV Backbone Transmission Grid. When completed, the new grid will provide a second transmission backbone to transmit electricity from the major generation power plants concentrated in the north of the state to customers in Sarawak, particularly in the more densely populated southern region, like Kuching city.

Front view of the newly Petanak Substation

The Control Room and SCADA equipment

2 x 20/25 MVA transformers

Distribution Project Execution team after the successful commissioning