East-West Power Grid Launched
Nov 27, 2007 - New Straits Times
The long-awaited east-west power grid
was officially commissioned yesterday after a two-year
Involving the transmission of between
132 kilovolt and 275kv, the project was completed
at a cost of RM503 million, with RM350 million provided
by the federal government and RM153 million soft
The grid was launched by the Yang
Dipertua Negeri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah at the main
sub-station in Kolopis here.
Also present were Deputy Chief Minister
Datuk Raymond Tan, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Sabah
Electricity Sdn Bhd chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie
and TNB chief executive officer Datuk Seri Che Khalib
The transmission line from Kolopis
to the Segaliud main substation in Sandakan covers
272km, passing through seven districts.
Moggie said the delay was due to technical
problems and the difficulty in obtaining permission
for the erection of towers for the cables from affected
The districts benefiting from the
project are Penampang, Tambunan, Ranau, Beluran,
Labuk Sugut, Kinabatangan and Sandakan.
"We hope the completion of the grid
will greatly ease power disruption in the seven
districts," Moggie said.
With the completion of the grid, SESB's
focus now is to enhance its power distribution and
transmission capacity which is expected to cost
about RM600 million.
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