Sarawak government has been proposing to build at least 12 dams between year 2008 - 2020.

The state government, through Sarawak Energy Berhad, is now carrying out technical studies on five proposed hydroelectricity dams with a combined generation capacity of 6,000 megawatts (MW).

Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said the dams were Baleh (1,400MW), Pelagus (410MW), Baram (1,200MW), Limbang (245MW) and Lawas (1,000MW).

“Apart from hydroelectricity, Sarawak is also focusing on coal-fired power plants to generate power for the state as well as for export,” he told reporters after the handing over of a feasibility study on the connection of electricity between Sarawak and Brunei here today.

He said two other hydroelectricity dams — the 944MW Murum Dam and the 2,400MW Bakun — would start operations in 2013 and at end of this year respectively.

He said Sarawak now had two coal-fired power plants — in Matadeng, Mukah and in Senari, Kuching — each with the capacity of about 500MW.

On the feasibility study, he said, it showed that Brunei had the potential to import up to 100MW of electricity in 2012 and up to 150MW in 2013.

Meanwhile, Brunei Energy Minister Datuk Seri Pahlawan Mohammad Daud said cooperation between Brunei and Sarawak in energy supply would benefit both sides.

He said Brunei needed additional energy resources due to the growing demand for electricity. — Bernama