Abang Johari: Sarawak welcomes investment in Trusan hydropower

Abang Johari (seated fourth left) gives a press conference while other dignitaries look on after the State Development Coordination Committee Meeting in Lawas on May 27, 2023. Photo: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)

By Nur Ashikin Louis

LAWAS, May 27: Sarawak is still opening its doors to any parties who wish to invest in Sarawak’s hydropower supply via the Trusan Dam here.

Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg informed that so far, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) would be acquiring equity or share in the dam as it is a renewable energy project implemented together with Sarawak Energy Berhad.

“Maybe the other party, we are still negotiating (and) we are still open to other investors,” he said during a press conference after chairing the State Development Coordination Committee Meeting today.

In January, it was reported that Brunei Darussalam had expressed interest in acquiring equity in the dam.

He also mentioned that Sarawak Energy is currently conducting a study on the Trusan Dam, pointing out that the project would not affect the population as the site is free of settlements.

He said the project would increase the renewable energy supply in Sarawak’s northern region, including its neighbours like Sabah.

“This is essential due to the rapid development between Limbang and Lawas.

“Limbang and Lawas will be connected to the state grid, eventually going up to Sabah. This state grid will be complete by 2024 to 2025,” he added. — DayakDaily