Multiconsult to perform feasibility studies for Malaysian hydropower projects

Norwegian engineering and design firm Multiconsult has been awarded a pair of contracts to perform prefeasibility studies for five hydropower projects in Malaysia.

The contract, offered by Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd, calls for Multiconsult to perform the studies for sites on the Padas, Liwagu and Tuaran rivers in the northern part of Borneo.

“This is a significant new reference projects for our southeast Asia business and builds on our experience gained from more than 30 years of hydropower developments in the region,” said Knut Noren, managing director of Multiconsult UK, which will work with the company’s Norwegian office to complete the studies.

If constructed, the hydroelectric plants would help meet Malaysia’s growing demand for energy with capacities between 25 MW and 120 MW.

A 2016 article published in HRW-Hydro Review Worldwide magazine said the country has a goal of adding 490 MW of hydroelectric power by 2020.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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