SCORE takes off

MYT 12:02:08 PM

KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Bhd is going ahead with the development of several big hydroelectric dams to power the energy-intensive industries planned for the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) in the state's central region.

SCORE, the country's fifth and last regional development corridor, was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Bintulu on Monday morning.

Planned for full development over 22 years, SCORE covers 70,709 sq km and stretches along the coast of Tanjung Manis (where an integrated timber complex and deepsea fishing port are located) in Sarikei Division to Similajau in Bintulu Division.

Plans are already underway to develop the Murum dam (990MW), Balleh dam (950MW) and Pelagus dam (770MW), all in the upper reaches of the Rejang River.

These proposed dams are, however, smaller than the federal-funded Bakun dam project (now being built), which could generate up to 2,400MW.

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