Sunday 26 May 2013


THE NEW Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili said his Ministry will continue to improve the power supply situation in Sabah. He said this to reporters  after attending a briefing on the development of Sabah’s electricity supply at Wisma SESB (Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd) on May 22nd, recently.

Focus will be given to reducing power outage occurrences, that is, to reduce the System Average Interruption Index known as SAIDI, revealed the Minister.

It was disclosed at the briefing that over the last five years, SESB has reported a significant decrease in power outage occurrences from 2867.24 minutes in 2009 to 556.86 minutes per user last year.

This year, Ongkili raised the improvement bar further by setting a target of 450 minutes per user for SESB. He revealed that  the SAIDI figures have come down to  150.3 minutes per user by May 19th this year. Setting an aim, the Minister wants to halve power interruptions to 225 minutes per user within the next two years.

“Within the same period, SESB is also expected to increase its Reserve Margin to 30 or 40 percent with the completion of two Independent Power Plants (IPPs) of Kimanis Power Sdn Bhd and SPR Energy (M) Sdn Bhd,” said Ongkili. The IPPs are scheduled to begin operations later this year.

The Minister  also disclosed the government’s ongoing efforts to find  an acceptable alternative to the the proposed coal-fired power plant in Lahad Datu that was scrapped following massive protests by environmentalists and the public in general. According to him, the Federal Government, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and Petronas are in the final stages of discussion pertaining to this issue. The Upper Padas dam proposal is also being finalized by the Federal Government. 

According to the Minister, since the management of Sabah Electricity Board was taken over by SESB in 1998, power supply has quadrupled to cater to a 100 per cent increase of power usage. He said his Ministry will try its utmost to ensure cost efficiency while at the same time  increasing the production capacity of the power plants in Sabah.

The Minister said besides decreasing SAIDI, his Ministry  will also strengthen SESB’s finances to ensure improvement of the company’s production capacity in a cost efficient way.

He told reporters that the tariffs collected by SESB could only finance 80 per cent of SESB’s operational costs, and that  TNB and the Federal Government have to absorb the remaining costs. He said currently, the electricity tariff in Sabah is 30 per cent lower compared to other places in Peninsular Malaysia. (Insight Sabah)


  1. the Federal Govern­ment had spent over RM3.3bil on infrastructure facilities to reduce the system average interruption duration index (Saidi), or electricity interruption, in Sabah under the Eighth, Ninth and 10th Malaysia plans.

  2. the Government had also allocated RM4.06bil on diesel subsidy for the generation of electricity in the state. As a result, the ministry last year successfully reduced Saidi for Sabah to 556.86 minutes per user compared with 2867.24 minutes per user in 2009.

  3. Effort to reduce the SAIDI (System Average Interruption Duration Index) to 700 minutes this year is still on track, said the State's sole electricity provider Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB). Managing Director Ir. Baharin Din said they have so far managed to keep power interruption to the minimum and maintained the SAIDI, or average accumulated power interruption for each customer, below the marked 700 minutes.

  4. The Federal government, through capital investment, has played a crucial role in the rapid improvement of power supply infrastructure in Sabah.

    Power demand in Sabah was forecast to increase by 8 per cent between 2010 and 2015.

    A Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) statement said today that over the past 10 years, the goverment had channeled RM1.849 billion to improve power supply infrastructure throughout Sabah.

    It said RM727.87 million was allocated to the state under the Eight Malaysia Plan between 2000 and 2005 and RM800.2 million under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

    "In addition, the government, through the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water, has allocated RM186.9 million to SESB under the Economic Stimulus Package," the statement added.

    The government has also provided RM2.06 billion as fuel subsidy to SESB power stations between 2004 and 2010.

    SESB also said 382 projects were being extensively carried out throughout Sabah now and was expected to be fully completed by end-2012.

    "The completion of this project (infrastructure improvement) will also have a positive impact on the power supply situation in Sabah and result in less power interruption to customers.

    "With greater improvements in technology and in-depth technical know-how by SESB, the company is confident power supply to customers in Sabah will improve tremendously over the coming years," SESB said.

    With the determination to perform beyond the expectation of many, SESB has implemented many strategic projects that saw the System Average Interruption Duration Index or SAIDI pick up considerably in Sabah to 687 minutes per customer in 2010 from 2,867 minutes per customer in 2009.

    As of June 6, 2011, the index for Sabah is 216.9 minutes per customer, the statement added.

  5. Kerajaan menafikan dakwaan pembangkang bahawa pewartaan taman laut di Taman Marin Tun Mustapha akan melibatkan pengambilan tanah rakyat di Matunggong,

  6. Ahli Parlimen Kota Marudu, Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus Ongkili berkata, ia merupakan satu pembohongan pembangkang yang bertujuan meraih sokongan rakyat khususnya di daerah itu.

  7. "Dakwaan pembangkang yang kononnya kerajaan akan ambil rakyat melibatkan kawasan sepanjang enam kilometer jelas menunjukkan mereka memutarbelitkan apa sahaja untuk mempengaruhi rakyat," katanya

  8. Maximus yang juga Menteri Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air berkata, pembohongan pembangkang tersebut yang dibuat semasa kempen pilihan raya umum lalu nyata gagal meraih simpati rakyat di daerah itu.

  9. Katanya, pembangkang telah menggunakan apa juga taktik untuk menakut-nakutkan rakyat untuk mengundi Barisan Nasional (BN) termasuk menggunakan kenyataan yang tidak logik.