A Malaysia government official says the 2,400-MW Bakun Dam project is to be fully operational in May 2011.
Finance Ministry Parliamentary Secretary Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said the overall project is 60 percent complete, and the main dam is 65.9 percent complete and expected to be ready in the third quarter of 2009. He said the first turbine-generator is to begin operation in October 2009.
The official’s remarks to the Dewan Rakyat, Malaysia’s lower house of parliament, were reported by national news agency Bernama.
Hilmi said the government continues to study a proposal to construct undersea cables to carry Bakun’s power from Sarawak State on Borneo Island to mainland Malaysia.
Malaysia’s biggest power utility, Tenaga Nasional, said in February it is working with local builder Sime Darby to plan the subsea cable project. (HNN 2/15/07)