Sarawak to export electricity to Sabah by 2024, says state minister

Sarawak to export electricity to Sabah by 2024, says state minister
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KUCHING (Nov 29): Sarawak will export electricity to Sabah by 2024 when the Northern Grid Extension — the generation and transmission project in the northern region — is completed.

State Utility and Telecommunications Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi said that for now, the electricity supply project to Sabah is still in the commercial negotiation stage.

“The electricity supply of 30MW to Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) is targeted for 2024, depending on the completion of the Northern Grid Extension project,” he said at his state budget 2023 winding-up speech at the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly here on Tuesday (Nov 29).

Julaihi said total electricity to be exported involves 2% of its existing capacity available, which is 5,996MW.

“For the record, current usage of electricity in Sarawak is 4,398MW. This means we still have a balance of 1,478 MW, which is sufficient for domestic use and needs, including connections under the Additional Late Applicant Fund Scheme," he said.

Julaihi also said new power stations currently under planning and construction include a combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) in Miri, a CCGT in Samalaju, as well as the floating solar system at the Batang Ai Dam and Baleh Dam, which are expected to be completed between 2023 and 2028.

In line with Sarawak's aspirations to become Southeast Asia’s energy powerhouse, the state supplied an average of 89.6MW of electricity to Kalimantan, Indonesia from September 2016 to September this year.