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February 5, 2014

New strategy to building S’wak dams

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sarawak damFMT Staff

Chief Minister Taib Mahmud dismissed skeptism about Score’s appeal to investors saying the state had slowed down the approval process because the current energy supply could not cope with the industrial needs.

Against the backdrop of a growing global campaign to save Sarawak’s rivers, forest and its indigenous community, on-going blockades in Baram and the newest allegation that Bakun is operating at half its capacity, the Sarawak Government has come up with a  new strategy.

No longer will the state be developing dams on a piece meal basis. Dams will be built “simulatenously” to cope with the state’s impending industrial energy needs.

And the two dams which will be built simultaneously is Baram and Baleh.

Once complete the two newest dams will output between 1,000 and 2,000 MW extra electricity to cater for industries in the Sarawak Corridor for Renewable Energy (Score) which stretches from Samalaju in Bintulu to Tanjong Manis in Sarikei.

The state plans to have 12 dams to meet with Score’s eventual energy demands.

Operational now are Bakun with a capacity of 2,400 megawatt of electricity while Murum, which is in the impoundment process, has 944MW capacity.

Recent reports alleged that Bakun, which supposedly has eight turbines each with a capacity to generate 300MW of power,  is running at “half loads”, bringing into questions the state’s claim that Score needs more energy.

But Chief Minister Taib Mahmud yesterday dismissed skeptism about Score’s appeal to investors.

He said the applications were steadily coming in but that the state was forced to “slow down” the approval of applications from investors in Score because of the limited energy supply.

Revealing the state’s new ‘revised’ plan of action, Taib said Baram and Baleh dams were essential to “cope” with the higher demands for energy from companies  investing in Score.

“The state government will revise its programme and build Baram and Baleh dams simultaneously.

“We already have the Bakun and Murum dams. But with the two new dams, we will be able to cope with higher demand for energy,” he said during the soft opening of University College Technology Sarawak (UCTS) campus here.

He said the state had received investment proposals from companies in Japan, Korea and the Far East.

“These applications are now in various stages of processing.

“In fact, we have to slow down a bit because the supply of electricity cannot cope with the amount of energy needed,” he said.

He added that thus far Score had attracted RM28 billion worth of investments from five giant companies.

“We are hoping in the next 20 years, Score will be able to attract US$200 billion (RM660 billion)worth of investments.

“This is not our wishful thinking. This has been calculated based on our estimation of interest we have seen coming to Score area,” he said.


1 Comment »

  1. With talks about him giving up the cm post to take up the tyt post, that is a strategy to get the damned dams built before his successor decides to stuff them up his arse.

    These damned dams are his trophies, monuments built to glorify himself with damning consequences to the uprooted natives.


    Comment by brian — February 5, 2014 @ 3:20 PM | Reply

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