Bakun produces power at last! – a historic day for SCORE, for Sarawak and for Malaysia

Energy boost from Bakun (The Borneo Post)

SOURCE OF POWER: An aerial view of the RM7.5 billion Bakun HEP Dam.

The first 300mw produced by one of dam’s eight turbines comes on line today

KUCHING: The RM7.5 billion Bakun hydroelectric power (HEP) Dam will officially make available 300 megawatt of power to the grid system starting today, revealed Sarawak Hidro chief executive officer cum managing director Zulkifle Osman.

He said the 300 megawatt would be produced by one of the eight turbines.

The Bakun HEP has a maximum capacity of 2,400 megawatt when fully operational next year.

“Starting today we are making 300 megawatt of power available for Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) to use,” Zulkifle told The Borneo Post here yesterday.

He added that the Reliability Run (RR) which started on July 5, ended yesterday to ensure all the machines were reliable.

Last night, Minister of Land Development Tan Sri Dr James Masing, who happened to be in Kapit, flew to Bakun to witness the handover ceremony between the Bakun contractor of the turbines Alstom Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd to Sarawak Hidro.

Masing said it was indeed a historic event and hoped that the Bakun HEP would stabilise the power supply in the state and hoped that the people in the surrounding areas would benefit from the mega project.

“I am pleased to witness this event since I was involved with the Bakun project since it was mooted in the early 1980s,”

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud told the media during the closing of the last state assembly sitting that initially the state government, through the SEB, had made a proposal to the federal government to buy Bakun Dam but the offer was rejected.

“Instead, the state government through SEB has managed to secure a 30-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) on 1 June, 2011 with the federal government through Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd, to sell electricity from Bakun dam to the latter at 6.25 sen per kilowatt hour with an annual increase of 1.5 per cent,” said Taib.

Taib who is also the Minister of Planning and Resource Management said that the Prime Minister had from the beginning assured the state that Bakun’s energy would be used for the development of Sarawak industries.

He reiterated that Bakun Dam was a major step forward in the development of Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

“With this supply of power now secured, SEB will be able to negotiate more firmly with the investors the price, size and duration of power requirement,” added Taib.

The Chief Minister stressed that the additional cost to SEB in delivering power to the consumers include the construction of the transmission lines and electrical sub-stations.

Sarawak Hidro is a unit of Ministry of Finance Inc and owner of the Bakun dam while Sesco is a wholly-owned unit of Sarawak Energy Bhd.

The Borneo Post (August 6, 2011, Saturday)


August, 6, 2011.

Mark that down on your calendar.

In years to come, it will be considered one of the most pivotal dates in the history of Sarawak’s development.

The importance of SCORE for Sarawak’s future prosperity is undeniable, so this event today, is very significant for all Sarawakians.

Today, we get electricity from Bakun!

It’s been a long time coming, that’s for sure, but today I hope my fellow Sarawakians can share with me the sense of optimism and hope about the future of a progressive and prosperous Sarawak.

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    Sesco begins buying Bakun power today (The Star)

    MIRI: Bakun Dam’s first turbine has been generating electricity for the past 30 days without a hitch.

    Yesterday evening, the manager of the dam, Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd, officially took over control of the turbine from the contractor that constructed the structure, Alstom Power Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd.

    Today, Sarawak Hidro will start selling its first 300MW of power from the first turbine to Sarawak Electricity Supply Corporation (Sesco).

    Sarawak Hidro managing director and chief engineer, Zulkifle Osman, told The Star yesterday that Alstom and Sarawak Hidro had signed the handing-over of the turbine at the Bakun Dam site office.

    The low-key ceremony was witnessed by the top management of the two companies.

    “The very first time we activated the turbine, we left it on for 90 minutes and then shut it off. After that we turned it on and let it run for 30 days until today (yesterday),” he said.

    Zulkifle yesterday also went through the final checklist pertaining to all the different packages of supervisory work that had been carried out in Bakun during the entire trial run.

    He said it was vital to carry out a final round of check before the power supply to Sesco goes to the full commercial stage.

    The power purchase agreement between Sarawak Hidro and Sesco was signed on June 1 in Kuala Lumpur.

    Sarawak Hidro will sell electricity to Sesco at a rate of 6.25 sen per kilowatt hour, with the rate to be revised upwards by 1.5% every year.

    The Star (August 6, 2011)

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