Sunday, October 20

ABB plans to be more involved in Sarawak’s energy sector


ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE: Despite the strides in hydropower there is still a need to distribute the energy.

KUCHING: To achieve the goal of growth the country has via the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), a certain investment in the energy sector is needed.

ABB Malaysia Sdn Bhd (ABB)’s president and country manager, Stephen Pearce stated in an exclusive interview with The Borneo Post that with the growing demand for energy with these programmes, ABB planned to strenghten its local presence by investing in engineering capabilities and creating more value for local customers.

“Energy efficiency is becoming more of a subject because there are constraints in terms of availability of energy. There’s no unlimited oil/gas and that’s a factor we’re seeing more and I think it is good for the country to create greater awareness of energy efficiency. ABB has a number of solutions to support energy efficiency,” stated Pearce.

He added that, “In essence, we look to strengthen our local presence, investing in engineering capability and creating more value for our customers locally in particular the service side as we believe a long term relationship is important for the customers we supply to.

Considering the fact that the equipment that ABB supplied had a typical lifespan of between 10 years and 20 years, Pearce stressed the need for continuous after sales services and technical support in order to build long term liaisions with clients.

He explained that among the few key areas that ABB was looking into was the development of the electrical infrastructure. He mentioned that there have been investments made in hydro plants but there was a need to distribute that energy.

“We see development in the transmission and distribution network in Sarawak and ABB is an organisation with many products that can really help.