‘Brunei’s power supply is reliable’

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

BRUNEI’S improvement in ‘Getting Electricity’ in this year’s World Banks’ Doing Business 2017 report shows that the power system in the sultanate is reliable, said the minister of energy and industry at the Prime Minister’s Office.

The report which was released two days ago, showed that Brunei jumped 55 positions from the 76th position last year to 21st in Getting Electricity.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Mohammad Yasmin Hj Umar said it shows the Electrical Services Department (DES) under the Department of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO) is able to anticipate outages and apply preventive maintenance.

“We are focusing on preventive maintenance, as well as the way we maintain the system. We maintain and repair it before it breaks down. That is our principle, where if you take care of the equipment, the equipment will take care of you,” the minister told The Brunei Times on Wednesday.

To date, the minister said the government has undertaken reforms in ‘Getting Electricity’, such as the upgrading of network infrastructure and reliability projects, reducing procedures in getting electricity from five to three steps for new warehouses requiring new infrastructure and reducing the time from 56 days to 17 days.

The government has also implemented the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to monitor power supply to districts, the length and frequencies of power outages, and the compensation for power outages via a credit scheme.

In June, the DES announced the activation of a compensation scheme that will reimburse businesses affected by unplanned power outages.

Compensation under the scheme will only be available to those experiencing unplanned power outages exceeding three hours that are categorised in the commercial sector (tariff B). These include grocery shops, supermarkets and car workshops, among others.

YB Pehin Dato Hj Mohd Yasmin said there have been only been a handful of unplanned power outages to date among businesses, however, none have exceeded the three hour period.

During a press conference on Thursday, the minister said an Electricity Order that places the DES under the purview of EIDPMO will be gazetted in December.

The order will also provide the legal framework for the licensing of the generation, transmission and distribution or supply of electricity.

The Brunei Times