Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Blackout caused by power trip: SESB


A power trip at the IPP SBPC station and two l32 kilo volts (KV) high-tension cable between Karambunai and Inanam had caused massive electricity disruptions in Sabah yesterday. Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) Corporate Communications Senior Manager Chendramata Sinteh disclosed in a statement yesterday that power disruptions were reported in Sandakan, Tawau, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Beluran, Kota Belud, Kota Marudu, Pitas and here since 6.40pm. “The power disruptions covered 90 per cent of Sabah yesterday. The trips at the power station and two power lines had affected the transmission of at least 500 megawatt of power to these locations. “Initial investigation showed that the under- frequency power due to the loss of 500mw affected the Sabah Grid System, causing power disruptions in many districts in the State,” she explained. SESB had restored power supply in stages since 7. 30pm, while Sandakan and Tawau are considered as islanded mode, as the two districts operate individually. “However, we had to continue power ration in the East Coast areas as the power capacity there is low. “For now, our priority is to restore power supply in all the affected areas and would be announcing the real cause of the disruption soon,” she said. SESB’s hotline number 15454 was congested with calls from customers all over the State. “We regret any inconvenience caused and would work hard to ensure power supply will be returned to its normal capacity soon,” Chendramata said.