IM Sarawak mi­cro-hy­dro pro­vides 24-hour elec­tric­ity fa­cil­ity

The Borneo Post - - HOME - Septem­ber 17, 2017

BA KELALAN: The loud noise from the iM Sarawak mi­cro-hy­dro gen­er­a­tor does not de­ter Danny Danil from do­ing his rou­tine of checking the ef­fi­ciency of the sys­tem which pro­vides 24 hours elec­tric­ity to Kam­pung Long Telin­gan here.

Danny, 38, who has nine years of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in the oil and gas in­dus­try is se­ri­ous in car­ry­ing out his duty as the care­taker of the fa­cil­ity.

“There are two dams on the moun­tain which power the gen­er­a­tor to pro­duce 20 kilo­watts of elec­tric­ity which lights up 24 houses in the vil­lage,” he said.

Be­sides Danny’s daily rou­tine, once a week, the youth of Lun Bawang de­scent who has been the care­taker of the fa­cil­ity since June 2016, would also carry out clean­ing work to en­sure that the dams are not blocked by twigs and wood, as well as no small an­i­mals nor sand en­ter the tur­bines and the pipes are not leak­ing.

“Fol­low­ing guid­ance from the staff of Pe­nam­pang Re­new­able En­ergy (iM Sarawak’s pro­ject part­ner) and my work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, I have been able to shoul­der the task en­trusted to me,” he said, adding that he was happy that the vil­lage now had 24-hour of free elec­tric­ity.

iM Sarawak is a so­cial de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tive headed by the 1Malaysia Sarawak Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (1MSAC) to im­prove the liveli­hood of var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties in the state, in line with the 1Malaysia prin­ci­ple.

The 1MSAC was es­tab­lished by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak to pro­vide ad­vice on the needs of the peo­ple of Sarawak.

The mi­cro-hy­dro en­ergy pro­ject in­volves around 700 res­i­dents from Kam­pung Long Telin­gan (24 houses), Kam­pung Long Se­madoh Rayeh (55 houses) and Kam­pung Bubuk Bui (48 houses).

The suc­cess of this pro­ject ben­e­fited the res­i­dents of th­ese three vil­lages which take be­tween three and five hours of travel via a four-wheel drive ve­hi­cle from Lawas as it lessens their de­pen­dency on elec­tric­ity pow­ered by diesel gen­er­a­tors.

For gro­cer Pa­trick Tony Lakai, 40s, from Kam­pung Long Se­madoh Rayeh, the mi­cro-hy­dro sys­tem en­abled him to run his busi­ness un­til late in the night com­pared to be­fore with the use of diesel gen­er­a­tors.

“With the avail­abil­ity of 24hours of elec­tric­ity, I bought a re­frig­er­a­tor to keep wet goods such as fish, chicken wings and meat.

“I get the wet goods from Lawas. Now, I can buy more stocks as I can store them in the re­frig­er­a­tor in­stead of wast­ing my time trav­el­ling to Lawas fre­quently,” said the father of seven, adding that the mi­cro­hy­dro sys­tem also en­abled his chil­dren to study at night com­fort­ably.

Mean­while, 1MSAC Chair­man Datuk Joseph Salang said iM Sarawak was glad to be able to help the com­mu­ni­ties of Long Se­madoh, Long Telin­gan and Bubuk Bui through the mi­cro­hy­dro sys­tems that were in­stalled via ‘go­tong-roy­ong’ ef­forts.

“I am also con­fi­dent that the mi­cro-hy­dro sys­tem will help the com­mu­ni­ties to ex­pand their home­s­tay ven­tures by mak­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion more wel­com­ing to their fu­ture cus­tomers,” he added. — Ber­nama

The chil­dren en­joy them­selves dur­ing the ‘Clean Our­selves Doo Doo’ ses­sion.

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