KAPIT: Construction works on the Baleh Hydroelectricity (Baleh HEP) Dam, about 95 kilometres upriver from here, is expected to start this June.
Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) executive vice president for Corporate Services, Aisah Eden said these would begin with the site clearing, earthworks and followed by detailed engineering and main project works.
“When completed in 2025, the Baleh HEP will generate another 1,285 megawatts of renewable energy to the state grid.
“It is also going to be the catalyst for the growth of the Kapit division and will create about 3,500 job opportunities for skilled workers,” she said at a safety talk for contractors involved in the construction of the early phases of the dam, estimated to cost RM9 billion, and the Kapit-Baleh Road here Thursday.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing officiated at the function, which was also attended by National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
Aisah said the Baleh HEP is currently the state’s second largest infrastructure project after the ongoing Pan Borneo Highway Project (which costs RM16 billion on the Sarawak stretch beginning from Teluk Melanao in Sematan to Merapok in Lawas).
She said to prepare for its implementation, SEB together with the state government was organising a special training programme for about 500 local youths to undergo various technical skill courses which focused on safety in specific skills, safety competence and safety culture.