Sarawak Energy’s Rm11 Million Tabuan Tranquility 33/11kV Substation Commissioned

KUCHING, 29 JUNE 2016, WEDNESDAY: A new substation has been commissioned recently to serve the upcoming mixed development that is shaping up at Tabuan Tranquility here.

The RM11million Tabuan Tranquility 33/11kV substation is situated at the Kuching-Samarahan Expressway near to Park Residence. The new substation building is designed with a modern outlook to match the development mushrooming in the area which will soon see the construction of more high-rise buildings, commercial centres and luxury condominiums.  

The substation will also cater for part of the rising loads from the Muara Tabuan areas in order to manage supply and allow for a contingency in the event of technical challenges. It features two units of 33/11kV step-down with transformers with their normal source of supply from the Entinggan 33/11kV substation.

This is the fourth substation commissioned by Sarawak Energy within the first five months of this year. The other three substations commissioned earlier were Viva City 33/11kV, Petanak 33/11kV and Permyjaya 33/11kV.

Lu Yew Hung, Sarawak Energy Executive Vice President and SESCO Chief Executive Officer said, “Building new substations and installing additional circuits are part of Sarawak Energy’s efforts to meet the constant rising loads from the rapid development taking place in the city and provide reliable supply to our customers.

"Our substation is also equipped with modern technology to facilitate our operations to better serve our customers”.

Sarawak Energy has allocated about RM250 million each year to reinforce distribution systems. In addition to this, a total of RM50 million is spent on maintenance of distribution assets.

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.

The newly commissioned Tabuan Tranquility Substation.

The station’s two 20/25MVA transformer bays.

Testing taking place in the control room.

Part of the team responsible for the successful commissioning of the substation.