SANDAKAN:- The government has set up the Sabah Special Project Planning and Delivery Unit (Sapadu) to speed up projects to upgrade
electricity supply in the state.
Energy, Green Technology and Water deputy minister Datuk Seri Mahadzir Khalid said the unit was established to speed up the 81 special projects to upgrade electricity supply in Sabah, using grants from the federal government.
He said it was not a permanent unit and would exist only during the upgrading works, expected to take five years.
There would be a director, deputy director and officers from the state and federal government in the unit, he told reporters after chairing the Working Group of Planning and Monitoring of the Sabah Electricity Supply Project (PPPES) meeting, here today.
Mahadzir said the first phase of the project would comprise officers from Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB), Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), as well as officials from state agencies, namely Sabah Land and Survey Department and the Works Department (JKR).
Mahadzir said with the establishment of the unit, any problem could be solved immediately.
He said the federal government’s allocations for electricity supply upgrading works in the state were not only distributed through grants, but also
using loans channeled through SESB.
On PPPES, which was established in September 2013, he said it was not a policy-making working group, but to get feedback from members of Parliament in Sabah and related agencies on government policies in upgrading the electricity supplies in the state.- BERNAMA