Kapit contractors, suppliers get first peek of business opportunities in Baleh dam

Jiwari speaking to local contractors and suppliers in the recent briefing on Baleh HEP in Sibu. -SEB

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KUHCING: Seventy-five prospective contractors and suppliers in Kapit had the first peek of what the business opportunities in store for them in the construction of the RM9billion Baleh hydroelectric dam.

Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) is giving Kapit contractors and suppliers the first bite of a multi-billion cherry as part of its outreach and social investment programmes for the communities in Baleh.

The contractors and suppliers were also updated on the progress of project as well as SEB’s corporate social responsibility programmes from Jiwari Abdullah, the state power company’s assistant-general manager for corporate, social responsibility.

Jiwari said SEB is also working proactively with the Baleh Consultative Committee – a committee that was formed to after the welfare of Baleh folks – to conduct these business opportunity briefings, dialogue sessions and workshops for local companies from the area.

“We are arrange update sessions on available opportunities between local companies and contractors from Baleh and Kapit so that they can form stronger partnerships,” he said.

Another key area SEB is working on in its outreach programme is to give employment preference to locals during the construction phase later.

To build up the capacity and skill of the local workforce, SEB has rolled out a special capacity-building programme, in collaboration with training institutions, to train 500 youths from the Kapit division.

To date, 70 youths have undergone the skills training.

SEB hopes within the next two years, around 500 youths from Kapit division could be trained to obtain the appropriate skill certification.

The trainings are in the fields of construction, welding, scaffolding, safety and health, engine operation and maintenance, electrical, mechanical, metal blasting and coating, rigging and slinging, abseiling, administrative, human resources and entrepreneurship.

In other CSR areas, SEB has also rolled out initiatives to support local primary schools and secondary schools in Kapit to improve students’ academic performance and upgrade basic facilities in their schools such as a water supply system.

Bukit Goram assemblyman Jefferson Jamit Unyat, commended SEB for keeping PKPB and the community leaders updated.

He the local community leaders if they plan to look for work at the dam, they should equip themselves with the knowledge and skills to enable them to embrace the work challenge throws.
Pelagus assemblyman Wilson Nyabong Ijang, on his part, encouraged the young people of the area to take advantage of the training programmes.

SEB has been actively conducting regular engagements in Kapit since 2015.

The Baleh hydroelectric dam could generate 1,285megawatts of electricity. – dayakdaily.com