By: DATUK IR. BAHARIN BIN DIN
SESB fully supports the government’s decision following Sabah Chief Minister YAB Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman’s announcement on the cancellation of the East Coast Coal Plant project on Wednesday.
TNB and SESB have been a party to the continuous discussion and exploration of alternative option to Coal in the past year. We have been working very closely with Petronas to evaluate feasible generation infrastructure, implementation scheduling and costing in the past months.
We are very grateful to the State and Federal Governments for their commitment to assist us achieve our goal in providing a secure power supply in the East Coast.
On the issue of the Southern Interconnecting Grid, it is indeed a very important component of our Grid Strengthening Plan. However, for the Grid to be truly meaningful it has to be enabled to secure and transfer power from both side of the Coasts, henceforth the requirement for a base plant in the East Coast is still an overriding decision and critical foundation towards a Secure and Reliable Sabah Interconnecting Grid.