Gov­ern­ment to add fifth tur­bine to Bakun HEP — Abg Jo­hari

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KUCHING: The Sarawak gov­ern­ment will in­stall an­other tur­bine at Bakun Hy­dro­elec­tric Power (HEP) Dam to gen­er­ate more power.

Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg said the ad­di­tional tur­bine is ex­pected to gen­er­ate 300 megawatts of power.

“At the mo­ment, there are four tur­bines and with the ad­di­tional one, we are go­ing to have five tur­bines at Bakun HEP,” he told re­porters yes­ter­day af­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing at the Ex­tra­or­di­nary Del­e­gates Con­fer­ence of United Peo­ple’s Party (UPP) here yes­ter­day.

In his speech dur­ing the con­fer­ence, Abang Jo­hari said the Sarawak gov­ern­ment wanted to add an ad­di­tional tur­bine so that more power could be gen­er­ated from the dam.

He said the de­ci­sion to ac­quire full own­er­ship of Bakun HEP Dam from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment was be­cause the dam is a ma­jor strate­gic as­set.

“It is a good buy. Bakun (dam) is com­mer­cially vi­able and would pro­vide an­other source of in­come for the Sarawak gov­ern­ment in the long run,” he said.

State-owned power util­ity and en­ergy devel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion Sarawak En­ergy ac­quired the dam – the largest hy­dro­elec­tric plant in the coun­try – on Aug 16 last year for RM2.5 bil­lion.

The ac­qui­si­tion of the 2,400MW dam en­abled Sarawak En­ergy to have full own­er­ship and op­er­a­tor­ship of all ma­jor elec­tric­ity fa­cil­i­ties in the state.

Bakun HEP Dam was com­pleted in 2010 and was partly com­mis­sioned the fol­low­ing year be­fore be­ing fully com­mis­sioned in July 2014.

Apart from Bakun HEP Dam, Sarawak also has the 944MW Mu­rum HEP Dam and the 100MW Batang Ai HEP Dam.

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