KOTA KINABALU: Palawan is moving closer towards acquiring its power supply from Sabah.
BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BEBC) chairman, Datuk Roselan Johar Mohamed told the Borneo Post yesterday that this was following the recent concluded meeting involving the power cable and other equipment suppliers from China.
“The cost of supplying and laying the submarine cables has already been indicated and it works out well for Palawan, even though some minor adjustments are expected,” he said.
Roselan added that the Governor of Palawan, HE Jose Chaves Alvarez, has flown in to listen to the two hours first technical meeting with the Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB).
He also said that a few more technical meetings are expected to take place before the project can be considered viable for all concerned.
The meeting and several earlier meetings were initiated by BEBC which also played a crucial role through the wholly-owned investment company.
“I hope that if all goes well, the whole exercise should be completed by December 2018,” said Roselan.
Roselan also explained that presently, Palawan was being plagued with periodic brown-outs and the nearest source of affordable power will be through its neighbour, Sabah.
“The 186 kilometres submarine cable will link Kudat and Bulliluyan which is at the southern tip of Palawan, thus paving the way to opening this isolated Muslim region to the world,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jose Chavez has also expressed his wish to see the people of Sabah and Palawan to be integrated peacefully to socialize and trade with each other and the ferry services shall be the connecting vessel.
“In the not too distant future, we can cherish the drive from Manila via Palawan and into Sabah via Kudat to get to Pontianak,” he said.