Abang Johari looking at an information board on Tanjung Datu National Park and Two Turtle Island . — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / The Star
KUCHING: Turtle conservation efforts at the coast of Tanjung Datu received a much-needed boost after a partnership was formalised between Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) and Sarawak Energy.
The state power utility and energy developer has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance SFC’s turtle conservation programme and promote ecotourism at the landing sites at Tanjung Datu National Park, Pulau Talang-Talang Besar and Pulau Talang-Talang Kechil.
The agreement will see Sarawak Energy provide the turtle sanctuaries with green energy via solar centralised system. SFC will also allow Sarawak Energy to perform continuous evaluation of their solar technologies for potential applications at remote and rural areas.
“We laud the effort by Sarawak Energy and SFC to conserve the environment and to boost ecotourism in the state.
“This collaboration allows Sarawak Energy to study technologies that can be applied across the state, while helping SFC in its turtle conservation programme,” Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said after the agreement was signed.
The signatories for the documents were Sarawak Energy Group chief executive officer Sharbini Suhaili and SFC chief executive officer Wong Ting Chung.
Sarawak Energy will connect Tanjung Datu National Park with 10kW of solar power, Pulau Talang-Talang Besar (8kW) and Pulau Talang-Talang Kechil (6kW). The three turtle sanctuaries are currently using diesel generators, which restricted operation hours and maintenance is high.
Sarawak Energy will also train park rangers on the operation and maintenance of the system, while sending its technical team to attend to breakdowns, conduct periodical inspection and scheduled maintenance.
Sarawak Energy engaged in the project to promote use of renewable energy and support the management of turtle hatcheries in the area.
The company has also collaborated with SFC on the Murum Tagang System, designed to protect fish species in the Murum area.
Earlier, Abang Johari was briefed on the development of the state’s energy sector, particularly the role of Sarawak Energy to provide power to consumers and platform for the government to attract investors.
“We have just acquired Bakun Dam from the Federal Government and this will enhance power supply to turn Sarawak into a power house in this part of the region,” he said.
He added that SEB would install another transmission grid across the state to mitigate power trip issues.
“Sarawak Energy has come up with the planto enhance infrastructure and efficient delivery of power so that Sarawak can become a benchmark in power supply within the region,” Abang Johari added.
He said efficient power supply would enable the state to attract more high-tech investments, especially to support the state’s new economic financial initiative that leaned towards ICT development and cyber industries.