Sarawak Energy Delivers Full Commissioning Of Murum To Samalaju B 275kv Transmission Line

Another Significant Milestone in Reinforcement of Sarawak’s Power System

26 JANUARY 2023

Sarawak Energy recently achieved a key milestone with the successful commissioning of the 166km Murum to Samalaju B 275kV Transmission Line.

This further strengthens the reliability of Sarawak’s overall power system by enhancing transmission security and capacity for current and future load growth, in particular for bulk power customers located in the Samalaju Industrial Park, under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

With the energisation of Murum to Samalaju B 275kV Transmission Line, the Samalaju B 275kV Substation is now connected to Murum HEP 275kV Outdoor Substation. This provides a second power evacuation source from the Murum Hydroelectric Plant (HEP), significantly enhancing reliability in the delivery of power from major generating facilities in the northern region into the western part of Sarawak including Kuching.

Commenting on the milestone, Sarawak Energy Group Chief Executive Officer, Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili highlighted, “In addition to enhancing supply reliability for Sarawak’s overall power system, the transmission line completion enables Sarawak Energy to fulfil our commitment to meet demand from energy intensive customers and accommodate future capacity growth.”

Sharbini emphasised, “As the catalyst for SCORE, the Group will continue to improve the reliability of electricity supply to industrial parks as well as homes and businesses throughout Sarawak and beyond by continuing to invest in a more modern, efficient and reliable power system. This will strengthen capacity and the ability of our supply network system to deliver affordable, reliable and predominantly renewable energy to our customers.”

Sarawak Energy’s customers enjoy the most competitive average electricity tariffs in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

Sarawak Energy Executive Vice President for Project Delivery, Ir. Pramod Kumar said, “The transmission line project commenced on 1 December 2016 and was successfully energised on 29 December 2022, following delays caused by persistent land & wayleave challenges and a severe shortage of skilled workers attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we are pleased to have been able to work closely with the relevant authorities who have supported and implemented positive measures to facilitate earlier arrivals of foreign workers to help mitigate the delays.”

“We thank the Sarawak Government especially the Ministry of Utility and Telecommunication and the State Steering Committee for Sarawak Energy’s projects chaired by the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Natural Resources and Urban Development (MUDeNR) for their support and guidance which has helped to accelerate the completion of several transmission line projects,” he added.

Under the guidance of the Sarawak Government through the Ministry of Utility and Telecommunication, Sarawak Energy aspires to achieve full electrification for the state by 2025, ahead of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG) 7 target of 2030. Now Malaysia’s largest renewable energy producer, the Sarawak Government-owned company recorded 99.2% overall domestic electricity coverage and 97.9% rural electricity coverage in 2022, through a mixture of electrification initiatives under the Ministry of Utility and Telecommunication. This marks a significant improvement over the electrification rate in 2009 when overall state coverage was at 79% while rural coverage stood at 56%.

Members of the public can contact Sarawak Energy’s Customer Care Centre at 1300-88-3111, or its SEB Cares mobile app to obtain the latest updates of its connecting works and to report outages to assist in speedy restoration of electricity supply.