Normal water level at Bakun HEP reservoir

No current controlled release from Bakun HEP.

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KUCHING, Sept 18: The water level at Bakun Hydroelectric Plant’s (Bakun HEP) reservoir continues to be at normal levels despite central Sarawak’s current rainy weather conditions.

Sarawak Energy, in a media release today, said while there has been some increase in water level due to rainfall upstream of the dam in Balui River, the reservoir volume remains at a manageable level without the need for any controlled release from the reservoir’s spillways.

“Daily water levels are vigilantly monitored by a dedicated team at Bakun HEP. The water levels of Murum HEP, located upstream, are also monitored daily.

“Together, Bakun and Murum form Malaysia’s first cascading dams ensuring strong operational synergy in terms of operations and maintenance,” the statement added.

The last controlled release operation from Bakun HEP, Sarawak Energy revealed, commenced on Aug 9 in consultation with and permission from the Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB) and the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) Sarawak ended on Aug 22.

“Since then there has been no regulated release from Bakun HEP except for normal generation discharge through the turbines which renewable hydropower is produced,” it said.

Sarawak Energy added that Bakun HEP continues to hold back large volumes of rainwater over the current unseasonal rainy weather conditions, mitigating the flood situation downstream of the Rejang river caused by localised heavy rainfall and high tide. — DayakDaily