Project Control and Planning for Murum Hydro Electric Power for Three Gorges
The Murum Dam is a gravity dam on the Murum river in Sarawak. The dam site is located on the Murum River, which is in the uppermost part of the Rajang River basin, 200 km (124 mi) from Bintulu. The upstream of Rajang river includes four steps, which are Pelagus, Bakun, Murum, and Belaga. The Murum Hydroelectric Project is the second Step-Hydroelectric Project of the four steps, and is 70 km (43 mi) from the constructing Bakun Hydroelectric Project downstream. The Murum Hydroelectric Project is SEB’s largest construction project and marks the start of an ambitious expansion and development program of hydroelectric generation in the state to support the SCORE agenda. The Murum project has a capacity of 944MW and the expected average annual output is 5,542GWh. The hydroelectric scheme consists of a 141m high concrete Dam wall. This Dam controls a catchment area of about 2,750 km2. A Water Intake Tower at 53m tall is connected to the Powerhouse via a 2.7km twin tunnels with Surge Tanks.
The project developer is Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), Sarawak’s state-owned electricity generating company. Dam construction was supervised by China Three Gorges Corporation and undertaken by Chinese dam builder Sinohydro. Both Chinese companies have expressed intentions to invest in subsequent hydropower projects in Sarawak Three Gorges Development Company (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd has engaged PCSS into Project Control and Planning for Murum Hydro Electric Power project.