KOTA KINABALU: Utility company Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd has given an assurance that it will stop at nothing to keep its power operations running.
SESB yesterday revealed that two of its independent power producers (IPPs) were experiencing problems in providing supply and this had prompted SESB to step in.
SESB managing director Abdul Razak Salim said yesterday this was to ensure that it continues to produce electricity to its full capacity.
The demand for electricity in the state, for about 500,000 consumers, stands at about 780mw.
One of the IPPs could not store fuel after its premises was damaged in a fire recently, while the other one was facing financial difficulties, he revealed.
The IPP with the damaged fuel tank is located here while the other, which also gets its fuel supply from SESB, is in Sandakan.
"These are the challenges we face and we have to be proactive because we cannot afford to lose our power production capacity," Razak said after launching the new SESB website, at www.sesb.com.my, at a hotel here.
This year, 142 projects worth RM276 million will be implemented to improve SESB's power production capacity in Sabah and Labuan.
The projects are aimed at reducing the System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI), which measures the efficiency in power production.