Wednesday, August 17

SESB: No hidden agenda in purchase of used generators


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) has given an assurance that there are no hidden agenda by any parties in the approval and purchase of two second-hand portable power generators.In order to overcome problems in Tawau and Sandakan, the company has approved the installation of four 10MW mobile power generators to meet the current electricity demand in both districts, said the company in a statement yesterday.

The company was replying to a comment made by Tawau MP Datuk Chua Soon Bui who called for the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry to reveal the identities of those who approved and purchased two second-hand mobile generators that broke down within two months after being put to use. The company said the approval was made after getting feedback from Sime Darby Industrial Sdn Bhd (SDI).

Since the mobile generator sets were in operation, SESB has managed to reduced power shedding throughout Sabah, said the company, adding that the System Average Interuption Duration Index (SAIDI) for Tawau have also been reduced to 87.34 per cent between September 2009 till February 2010.

As of last March 1, the company has only recorded one power failure in Tawau which was beyond the company’s control.

The company also assured that none of the mobile generator sets had ever broke down since its opera-tion, as claimed by Chua.

The problem was mainly maintenance work carried out on the generator sets.

On Monday, Chua question if there was any hidden agenda for the continuous disruption of power supply in Tawau and the two mobile generator sets had broke down within two months after it were in operation.