The Murum Dam, Sarawak’s second largest hydroelectric dam, will bring great benefit to Sarawak when fully operational by the second quarter of the year.
Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) chief executive officer, Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit said hydroelectric projects were a proven and sustainable engine of growth in developed nations, including the United States, Canada, Norway and Australia.
He said Sarawak, with its incredible potential in hydro was well on the way to creating its own success story.
“Its vast network of rivers will provide a much needed alternative to fossil fuels, which are both depleting in quantity and polluting the environment,” he said in his speech at the SEB Press Appreciation Night here Friday night.
He said Sarawak was set to have stable supplies to meet the state and region’s electricity needs, adding that this energy security was a crucial part of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy, a major development agenda expected to drive five-fold growth in the state’s economy by 2030 and create some 1.6 million jobs once fully operational.
The Murum hydroelectric projects, noted Sjotveit, had opened up the interior area, offering better education, amenities, jobs and business opportunities for the local communities.
He said the dam had also helped in the mitigation of flood and provided a water source during the dry season.
Shifting to renewables was a necessity and, in this area, Sarawak had a strong advantage in pursuing hydropower as a clean source of energy, he said.