Sarawak Energy is progressing to further modernise, grow and connect the power system and electricity supply to meet Sarawak’s demand and target of full electrification by 2025. The key to timely completion is compliance with environmental laws and regulations by the energy developer’s contractors.
The 2020 edition of Sarawak Energy’s Contractor Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Compliance Award or CECA was held recently with three (3) contractors awarded gold, four (4) given silver. Another four (4) awarded bronze, while two (2) received merit ratings for successfully fulfilling CECA assessment criteria. A total of 14 contractors undertaking thermal, hydro, transmission lines and substations projects were assessed, with 13 making the cut.
For the year 2020 under assessment, more projects showed improvement in overall performance, which was reflected in their ratings with more contractors managing to elevate their environmental compliance performance from silver to gold and from bronze to silver.
The contractors were assessed by Sarawak Energy’s internal assessors jointly with experienced officers from both the Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) and the Department of Environment (DOE) Sarawak.
Datu Sharbini, Sarawak Energy Group Chief Executive Officer, applauded the contractors for their commitment to meeting government-mandated environmental requirements and the partner organisations contributing to Sarawak Energy’s environmental initiatives.
“Congratulations and well done to all the winners. A strong culture of HSSE Excellence and sustainable operations are key enablers for our Sarawak Energy Excellence 2022 aspiration of moving from good to great and becoming a regional powerhouse,” said Sharbini.
“Contractors play a vital role in creating a sustainable future for all and the realisation of this aspiration.
“Sarawak Energy achieved 100 per cent compliance with all relevant environmental regulations and legislation at our main power stations and project delivery for the first time in 2020. We hope to replicate this success at all our facilities and by all our contractors.”
The Executive Vice President for Project Delivery of Sarawak Energy, Ir. Pramod Kumar, explained that compliance with environmental regulations and legislation was necessary to achieve timely
completion of Sarawak Energy projects by preventing the issuance of stop-work orders and notices which can delay a project.
“Towards this end, our Project Delivery team and contractors have consistently worked together to ensure that all project sites comply with the EIA, Environmental Management Plan (EMP) and any other relevant environmental laws,” he said.
CECA was introduced in 2017 to promote a culture of self-regulation in environmental compliance among its contractors. Contractors in Sarawak Energy’s projects are evaluated for various levels of compliance with EIA or EMP approval conditions and statutory environmental requirements. — @green