Sabah as BIMP-Asean energy mart link

Published on: Wednesday, August 25, 2021

By: David Thien

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah can be the link to supply electricity to Palawan in future and North Kalimantan to Mindanao, too, via undersea cable connectivity.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Noor said the recent signing of renewable hydro-electricity purchase between Sabah and Sarawak marks the future of cross border sustainable energy supply cooperation in the BIMP-EAGA region with energy grid interconnectivity.

“The BIMP-EAGA power infrastructure sector promotes the optimum use of energy resources. The 2021 agreement between SESB and Sesco was one of BIMP-EAGA priority infrastructure projects under BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025 for the Borneo Grid and the wider Asean Grid.”

This is in the interest of providing affordable electricity. However, the Covid-19 situation has been a great challenge to all, bringing about a new normal as with this virtual event, besides hampering investments.


Hajiji praised organiser Dolly Jimayol and her team for the event’s success. In her speech, Dolly said: “Energy plays a critical role in maintaining a clean environment and a healthy economy.”

Hajiji delegated the officiating of opening the virtual BIMP-EAGA Energy Online Conference and Exhibition on Monday July 23 to Tan Sri Pandikar Amin, the BIMP-EAGA Special Envoy to read out his speech in which he emphasised optimum use of sustainable and clean energy for the future.


In his speech, Emmanuel F. Pinol, the Chairman Mindanao Development Authority agreed that there is potential for Sabah-Palawan electricity grid supply including possibly Mindanao where outages and insufficient power supply hampers economic progress and development not only within the Philippines, but regionally as part of the BIMP-EAGA energy cluster also covering Mindanao and Palawan.