Friday, 17 January 2014

Sabah hit by power blackout, Full supply expected by 8pm

KOTA KINABALU: Power supply is slowly resuming in most areas in Sabah and Labuan after the statewide failure from 11.10am.

Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd expects the situation for the whole state to return to normal by 8pm today.

As at 3pm, nearly 70% of power supply to Kota Kinabalu had been restored.

A shop selling DVD at the Centre Point shopping mall in the city lights a candle to brighten it as a power failure hit Sabah.
SESB managing director Abdul Razak Salim said power supply to Ranau, Tawau, Labuan, Keningau  and Semporna was back to normal by 1.55pm.
The blackout was triggered by a trip at the state’s power transmission grid.

Abdul Razak said the cause of the "unexpected" power failure was still being investigated.

Reports of the blackout emerged on local news and social media sites two hours ago when Sabahans took to Twitter and Facebook to vent their frustrations.

State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun tweeted that a blackout had engulfed the entire state.

“Blackout! Just been told by a senior officer of SESB there is power failure in the whole of Sabah. SESB is finding source of the problem,” he posted on Twitter.

Netizens are pinpointing the cause of the outage to the recent flooding and several engines that had tripped in power stations.

“Few engines tripped, gonna take at least 8 hours to recover…” said @Appy_Tots in response to Masidi’s tweet.

Masidi responded to a Twitter user, saying “@RandomHS : the weather especially the floods could be the culprit”.

According to the New Straits Times, streets in Kota Kinabalu are now congested while hospitals have resorted to back-up generators to keep operating.

The daily also reported that so far, electricity supply has been restored in Labuan.

The last massive blackout that occurred in Sabah was in April 2012 when a gas piping system malfunctioned and affected several independent power producers.

Supply was restored within the same day.
Source : The Star, ABN News

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