Friday, August 6, 2010

Electricity Glut In Sarawak - What Does This Really Mean?

According to the report on 3.8.2010 in the Star "Electricity glut in Sarawak", "There is likely to be a major power glut in Sarawak with the coming on stream of two major hydro power projects by the end of 2013 and the lack of firm commitments from investors to take the power up, industry players said.

There will be 2,400MW of capacity from the RM7.3bil Bakun Dam by the end of 2012 while a further 944MW will be added from the RM3.5bil Murum Dam by the end of 2013".

And they are planning to build 52 dams. It does not sound as if they are really bothered about any impending electricity glut, probably because the costs will be fobbed off on the unsuspecting Sarawakians.

Sarawak Headhunter has made it clear some time back that Sarawak does not need all these dams: "If what Sarawak Energy Berhad ("SEB") is scheming to implement for Sarawak together with elements of China's state-owned companies involved in electricity-generation and hydro-electric power plants/dams, Sarawak will have the dubious honour of having the most number of dams in Malaysia (52 dams to be precise), which it does not need".

See Sarawak Headhunter "Sarawak - Land Of The Dammed".

The real reason they are not worried about the electricity glut, of course, is because they are actually going to make a lot more money from the timber that they are going to clear from the dam sites than from the dams themselves. The dams are just the excuse. How much timber are we talking about here? Billions and billions of RM worth, at minimal cost, all to disappear without a trace.


Yes, that's what they are really interested in - the timber.

And they don't care how many natives they have to resettle or the environmental damage caused to get it.

See the photos of the other dam sites at "Sarawak - Land of the Dammed", which will show their true intentions quite clearly.

Once all the timber is gone and the revenues banked into their overseas bank accounts, do you think they would be worried about any electricity glut?


Anonymous said...

Yes, you are right and people like Jabu and Masing are selling out their native timber and land away. Time for the all the Dayaks to stand up and fight for their right. The malay fight for NEP and the Dayaks should kick the Asses of the 2 traitors. Rentap would have hunt for their heads

Anonymous said...

Lubok Antu without electricty for 3 days it was restored back Friday 6.8.10, no electricity mean no Water supply too, these always happened here.

semuanya OK kot said...

10MP also has 7000 km of roads plannned for West Malaysia.

chapchai said...

What if the dams burst? Has anyone thought of the consequences?

chapchai said...

Another thought - I've always maintained that proceeds from the sale of timber felled at these dam sites should go to towards a trust fund for the people affected. Put this to the displaced people to fight for their native land rights to delay any felling of timber for the moment. If they win, this will throw Taib's plan of building more dams into disarray. Perhaps this is one way to stop the damn dams. Another way, of course, is to vote him and his poodles out at the next election.

Anonymous said...

Never mind lah, I'm sure all the excess electricity can be diverted to air-con all the longhouses and light up every town and city in Sarawak. All free, compliment from Sarawak Energy of course. After all, poor buggers like us already paid for it. How the hell do you think cronies like Ting Pek Kiing is wallowing in cash? Taib don't give a shit because the money is already banked into his account long ago.

Anonymous said...

I once had an opportunity to ask a representative of SESCO during a dialog on the likely electricity tariff reduction upon commissioning of those dams. They say tariff reduction is unlikely, in fact according to the fellow, the people have to share the cost. Than I argue that the construction cost are from the national budget and that means the people money! WTF

Anonymous said...

As per the theory of demand and supply, the rate of electricity should falls tremendously.

But, would it?

Or, perhaps it would still goes up because all things goes up?

But, this is hydro and not fuel generated.

Would the rate still need to go up?

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