KUCHING, Sept 7 -- The Bakun Hydroelectric Plant (Bakun HEP) plays a major role in mitigating the severity of flooding downstream of Rejang River by balancing both upstream reservoir and downstream water levels, especially during periods of heavy rainfall.
Sarawak Energy in a statement today said since its completion, downstream flooding has been reduced and the impact mitigated as the dam holds back a large volume of rainwater all year round.
It said the current flooding incidents affecting downstream areas including Kanowit and Sibu were due to the combination of unseasonal localised heavy rainfall with the king tide and not the regulated discharge of water from Bakun HEP as speculated.
The last controlled water release operation from the Bakun HEP reservoir commenced on Aug 9 and ended on Aug 22.
Since then, there has been no controlled release of water from Bakun HEP except for the normal generation discharge.
According to the statement, SEB has a dedicated team that continuously monitors water levels at the reservoir and downstream rivers on a daily basis and will advise if there is a need for controlled release in consultation with and permission from the Sarawak Rivers Board and Department of Irrigation and Drainage, Sarawak.
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