Sarawak Energy Plays Host to HAPUA Working Group

KUCHING, 14th OCTOBER 2014, TUESDAY: Sarawak Energy played host to the Meeting of HAPUA Working Group 1 on Best Practices of Asset Management yesterday at Menara Sarawak Energy here in Kuching.

HAPUA (Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities) is an international organization established in 1981 with the founding members of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. HAPUA aims to enhance bilateral relationships between its member nations and serve as a centre for information as well as promote and distribute relevant information in the field of energy within the ASEAN region.

HAPUA is comprised of five working groups, with each one focusing on a specific area within the energy industry. These groups are Transmission, Distribution and Power Quality & Reliability (PQR), Policy Studies & Commercial Development, Human Resources and Generation and Renewable Energy, with Distribution as the driver behind this year’s event.

In welcoming the delegates, the Chief Operating Officer of Sarawak Energy Mr Lu Yew Hung said yesterday: “It is indeed a rare opportunity that we can have a group of experts from different cultural backgrounds gather together with a common goal. We hope that through the course of this event, everyone will gain new experiences, make new friends and forge new alliances.”

Sixteen international delegates from around the ASEAN region, namely Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos PDR and Malaysia joined a group of internal delegates to discuss matters related to Best Practices of Asset Management over a course of two days from 13-14 October 2014.

The event, a follow up to the HAPUA Working Group 3 Committee Meeting (Project 1) which was held in Singapore in May, is part of HAPUA’s series of meetings and events aimed to foster better relationships among power utility providers in the ASEAN region and provide a platform to discuss related topics was well received and participants look forward to next year’s event.

There will be two days of workshops led by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and Sarawak Energy respectively, with Day One focusing on Life Cycle Cost Analysis and presentations on Life Cycle Cost Analysis in the ASEAN region. The delegates will also discuss on Workshop Best Practices on Asset Management. The delegates will also be brought to visit one of Sarawak Energy’s 132/22kV substations to learn and share ideas on best practices.

Sarawak Energy Chief Operating Officer Lu Yew Hung (seated sixth from left), TNB General Manager and Project No 1 Leader Rosila Dato’ Senan (seated fifth from left) posing for a group photo with the HAPUA Delegates and representatives of Sarawak Energy.

Sarawak Energy Chief Operating Officer Lu Yew Hung giving his welcoming address at the meeting.