Marudi gets new higher capacity transformer

The newly installed 500kVA transformer in Marudi Town.-SEB

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KUCHING: State power supply company, Sarawak Energy Bhd, said today people of the riverine town of Marudi in Baram should not experience the blackout they had on July 29 now that a new 500kVA (kilovolt-ampere) transformer had been commissioned to meet their increased power needs.

SEB said the transformer will improve the town’s supply reliability.

On that July 29, power supply to parts of Marudi was interrupted due to a faulty 300kVA transformer at one of SEB’s 11kV (kilovolt) substations.
Though power was normalised within a few hours, full restoration was only made the next day.

“The installation of the new higher capacity transformer will cater for greater demand and load increase caused by new commercial development in Marudi town,” SEB’s Regional Manager for Miri, Tan Joo Kok, said.

He said the new transformer would provide better system reliability which was a key focus area for SEB’s operations.

Tan said SEB had engaged directly with Marudi’s communal leaders after the blackout to keep them informed on what was happening and on the progress of the upgrading work.

He said the engagement also provided a platform for the community’s representatives to engage directly with SEB on any queries they might have.

The company said as part of ongoing efforts to enhance overall system reliability and modernise the state’s power system, new substations and other facilities would be built or upgraded.

The power company also said its operations teams have increased line patrols, maintenance and vegetation management at vulnerable overhead lines to minimise the risk of unplanned interruptions. –