Hydroelectric Plants in Malaysia
Bakun
Location: Sarawak
Operator: Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd
Configuration: 4 X 330 MW, 4 X 350 MW Francis
Operation: 2011-2014
T/G supplier: Alstom, IMPSA
EPC: Malaysia-China Hydro Joint Venture
Quick facts: Bakun started development in early 1994 when Erkan Bhd and the Sarawak government announced a joint proposal for a scheme including a large power station on the the Ranjang River and a subsea transmission line to Peninsular Malaysia. After numerous changes in ownership and planned bulk power deployment, Bakun will now serve load on Sarawak only. The 230m dam is the second tallest concrete rockface dam in the world. Main civil works begin in Oct 2002. Bakun HPP is 100% government-owned.

Photograph courtesy of IMPSA
Re-posted 26 Mar 2014

Batang Ai
Location: Sarawak
Operator: Sarawak Energy Bhd Group
Configuration: 4 X 27 MW Francis
Operation: 1985
T/G supplier: Toshiba
EPC: SMEC, Maeda Corp, Okumura Corp
Quick facts: This was the first full-scale hydro plant in Sarawak and is in Batang Ai National park. The main concrete-faced, rockfill dam was installed with three saddle dams. The project was first proposed in 1962 and Snowy Mountains Engineering completed a pre-feasibility study in 1973, followed by the full feasibility study in 1978. Construction started in 1981 ad impoundment began in in 1984.

Photograph courtesy of Sarawak Energy Bhd Group
Posted 18 Aug 2010

Murum
Location: Sarawak
Operator: Sarawak Energy Bhd Group
Configuration: 4 X 236 MW Francis
Operation: 2014-2015
T/G supplier: Harbin
EPC: China Yangtze Three Gorges Corp, Sinohydro No 8
Quick facts: In Apr 2007, Sarawk said it was proceeding with a HPP at Murum, 70km downstream of Bakun and the second station of a proposed four-cascade development in the upper reaches of Rajang River. In Oct 2008, SEB signed a CNY 5.262bn, EPC contract with two Chinese companies. The main components are a 141m tall, 473m long RCC gravity dam, a crest spillway, surge shafts, and a powerhouse. The steeped spillway chute was said to be the tallest in the world at completion. In Jul 2009, SEB executed financing agreements to raise MYR 1,450mn for the project. Of this, MYR 1,150mn was arranged using Islamic Murabahah Tawarruq financing from AmIslamic Bank, CIMB Islamic Bank, RHB Islamic Bank, and Kuwait Finance. A MYR 300mn syndicated loan was arranged by AmInvestment Bank. Impoundment started in Sep 2013, the first unit was handed over on on 4 Dec 2014 and the plant was opened on 27 Sep 2016. A double-circuit, 275kV transmission line runs to Murum Junction S/S.Total capex was reported to be MYR 4.1bn.

Photograph courtesy of Sarawak Energy
Posted 17 Dec 2014

   
  Ulu Jelai
Location: Pahang
Operator: Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Configuration: 2 X 191 MW Francis
Operation: 2017
T/G supplier: Toshiba
EPC: SMEC, Salini Costruttori SpA, Tindakan Mewah Sdn Bhd
Quick facts: This HPP is in the Cameron Highlands, 200km north of KL. The photo shows the Susu Dam, an 88m tall,460m long RCC structure. The project also includes 26km of hydraulic tunnels, of which 15km were excavated with TBMs, plus an underground powerhouse. Construction on the MYR 4.2bn project began in 2011, the dam concrete work was completed in Sep 2015, and impounding began in Jan 2016.

Photograph courtesy of Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Posted 22 Mar 2017

 

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Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 02-Apr-2017

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