Thursday, November 21

‘Sarawak Energy, ministry focused on rural electrification’

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Abang Johari, together with Dr Rundi (right) and Sipol, rolls a mat to mark the closing of Gawai Dayak. Standing behind is Hamed.

KUCHING: Sarawak Energy is working with the Utilities Ministry on accelerating the electrification of rural parts of the state, says chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi.

According to him, providing reliable, renewable and affordable electricity to the most remote communities in Sarawak is one of the group’s major initiatives this year.

“Our state domestic coverage is currently at 97 per cent, with the target of 99 per cent set for 2020, and full electrification by 2025. We are on an ongoing journey of improvement but we are pleased that we have recorded some major achievements,” he said during Sarawak Energy’s Gawai Raya celebration here yesterday, where Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg was guest of honour.

On a regional perspective, Abdul Hamed said Sarawak Energy was steadily progressing on the Borneo Grid initiative as part of the vision to have an Asean grid, to realise its ambition of becoming a regional powerhouse.

He said with their first interconnection to West Kalimantan already established, the corporation is now in advanced discussions with Sabah and Brunei on further power exchange agreements.

“We are also pleased that as we strive for operational and business excellence, our other efforts at good corporate citizenship are also being recognised.

“In our projects, we strive to embed sustainability into the way we do our business. We strive to minimise negative and maximise positive impacts on the people and the environment,” he added.

Among those present at the celebration were Abang Johari’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, Utilities Minister Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi, Assistant Minister of Rural Electricity Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, Sarawak Energy Group CEO Datu Sharbini Suhaili and Sarawak Energy Land and Wayleave general manager Sipol Ambun.