TNB Sends Emergency Response Team To SabahPrint this page
Date: 23 April 2008
Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) is sending thirty members of emergency response team to Sabah to repair the collapsed tower which has caused massive power interruption in the state on Monday. The team left Kuala Lumpur this afternoon and is expected to start repairing the damaged tower by tomorrow morning. At 10a.m today, TNB has sent to Kota Kinabalu two sets of its Emergency Restoration System (ERS) or temporary emergency towers in cooperation with a Royal Malaysian Air Force ( RMAF) Hercules cargo aircraft. A second batch of two temporary towers (ERS) will be sent on another RMAF flight at 8pm tonight. The four ERS are valued at RM3.6 million. When fully erected, it will stand at 20 metres and will be used to temporarily hold the existing transmission line while a new transmission tower is being constructed. TNB expects the entire rescue exercise to be completed within three days. Once the existing transmission lines have been transferred, repair work on the damaged tower can start and the power supply can be stabilised. Work on replacement tower is expected to start immediately and is scheduled to be completed in about four months. TNB would like to express its gratitude to RMAF for arranging the transportation to enable the ERS to be delivered promptly to Sabah. Power supply to 90% of Sabah was interrupted for about 2 hours as a result of vandalism which had weakened the structure of its transmission tower located between Kayu Madang and Universiti Malaysia Sabah. The area is now service by 66kV underground cable.