Hornbill Unleashed

November 14, 2017

‘Crack’ on Bengoh dam actually contraction joint, minister explains

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Picture showing the seepage of the Bengoh dam. Sarawak’s Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundie Utom said remedial work by the contractor began two months ago after the seepage was first detected. — Picture courtesy of See Chee HowThe RM310 million Bengoh Dam is stable and safe, Sarawak’s Utilities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Stephen Rundie Utom said in response to pictures circulating online of water seepage at the base of the structure.

“What was seen on site was actually a designed contraction joint, and not a crack as alleged (in the social media),” he told reporters at the media centre at the state assembly building.

“Some seepages through the joint are expected, and the wet patch seen on this area is due to this seepage,” he said.

Rundie added that remedial work by the contractor Naim Holdings Berhad began two months ago after the seepage was first detected.

The state minister also gave his assurance that there were plans in place for possible emergencies at the dam, including the evacuation of nearby areas if necessary.

Separately, PKR’s Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said he will table an emergency motion in the state assembly to debate on the seepage of the dam.

The Bengoh Dam was completed in 2010 and is capable of holding 144 million cubic metres of water.

The dam located about 43km from here is 63m tall and 267m long. It was built to address Kuching and Samarahan’s raw water needs until 2030.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by SULOK TAWIE

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1 Comment »

  1. You guys better be right because even dams which have been build to much higher standards have breached resulting in the deaths of many people. And does anybody imagine that Naim and its dodgy subcontractor from China built this dam properly with proper oversight from international observers?

    Comment by sam — November 14, 2017 @ 7:00 PM | Reply


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