KUCHING: Works on the new 500kV transmission project to strengthen the state’s electricity supply are progressing on track, Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) said.
It signed an agreement with the Sinohydro Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd-Trenergy Infrastructure Sdn Bhd joint venture for two packages of the project yesterday.
Sinohydro-Trenergy will construct two sections of the transmission line from Mapai to Lachau (Package B) and from Lachau to Tondong (Package C).
Works on the packages, which are worth a total of RM619mil, are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.
SEB was represented by its chief executive officer Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit and corporate services chief Aisah Eden while Trenergy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sarawak Cable Bhd, was represented by chairman Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib and managing director Toh Chee Ching.
Sinohydro, a leading power industry player in China, was represented by director He Ting Fu and assistant managing director Gu Hong Liang.
Sjotveit said the project would secure power supply for the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) as well as Kuching and southwestern Sarawak.
“This is the second backbone for Sarawak, going from Bintulu to Kuching and bringing another 500kV which is an extra-high voltage system across the state.
“It will bind the north to the south and west of Sarawak and ensure much higher reliability of the transmission system for power,” he said.
“The northern area of Sarawak has much more power than the western area. This second backbone will secure supply to Kuching as well as to Samalaju and industrial customers.”
He added that with the completion of this second grid, the state would be well protected against system blackouts.
On the award of the packages, Sjotveit said it was done in line with SEB’s procurement process to achieve the best value for the state and maximise participation of local businesses.
“Sinohydro-Trenergy was the lowest bidder for these packages and showcased a wealth of construction experience and technical know-how.
“In addition, they have demonstrated their depth of understanding and knowledge of the 500kV transmission project,” he said.
Toh said: “We are excited to contribute our experience and expertise in building one of Sarawak’s most ambitious infrastructure projects to date.
“With our track record and quality of delivery, we are confident that works will be completed within time and cost.”
Gu said Sinohydro had been working with Trenergy and Sarawak Cable since 2008 on the Bakun-Similajau and Murum Junction transmission line projects.
“We will continue our partnership and work closely with them as before for timely completion and delivery of this mega project,” he said.