Gov’t to compensate businesses for power outages

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THE government will soon roll out an initiative to reimburse businesses that experienced power outage spanning over an hour.

Zulfadli Abu Bakar, member of the Ease of Doing Business Secretariat at the Prime Minister’s Office, said the compensation initiative will be launched soon.

“The Energy Department is currently ironing out the mechanisms involved in this initiative, but the plan (to reimburse SMEs for power outages over an hour) will happen,” he said.

Speaking to The Brunei Times on the sidelines of the French-Brunei Business Association (FBBA) dialogue with Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) yesterday, he said the government does not want SMEs to be burdened because of a power outage.

“So this is one of the government’s ways (to help them) by compensating them,” he said.

Zulfadli said one of the main requirements for SMEs to operate is the provision of electricity supply.

For certain businesses such as restaurants and retail outlets selling frozen meat, electricity is their main component for operations.

“Just because there are power outages, we want to make sure that we as a government have a responsibility towards the SMEs,” he said.

He added that if there are disruptions to power supply in the future once this mechanism is rolled out, SMEs will feel they are cared for by the government.

Zulfadli went on to say that the Department of Electrical Services will soon launch two systems, the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition and System Average Interruption Frequency Index, to monitor power supply to districts as well as the length and frequencies of power outages.

“For SCADA, the department will be able to know where the disruptions are exactly taking place through the system, and be able to obtain data to improve power supply,” he said.

The Brunei Times