34km transmission line between Sarawak, Sabah operational by Q4 2024

Julaihi speaks during his ministerial winding-up speech at Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUS) sitting on May 13, 2024. Screenshot taken from Ukas YouTube livestream

By Marlynda Meraw

KUCHING, May 13: The project to connect electricity supply from Sarawak to Sabah through a 34km 275kV transmission line is expected to become operational in the fourth quarter of 2024, says Minister of Utility and Telecommunication (MUT) Datuk Julaihi Narawi.

According to Julaihi, the project will connect the new Lawas substation in Sarawak to the Mengalong substation in Sabah; however, the project is dependent on the completion of the transmission line connecting Miri to Lawas under the Northern Grid Extension project.


“The Northern Grid Extension project was supposed to be completed in May this year, but (it) was delayed due to a wayleave problem in Long Latei, Long Meraan, Long Seridan, Long Kawa, and Long Selulong,” said Julaihi during his ministerial winding-up speech on the sixth day of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUS) sitting today.

Due to the delay, Julaihi said that completion of the transmission line connection to the Sarawak Grid via the Northern Grid Extension project from Miri to Lawas is expected by the end of this year, contingent upon the resolution of the wayleave issue.

“I call on all parties to cooperate so that this past permit problem can be resolved immediately,” he said. — DayakDaily