Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bintulu in relation to hydropower needs and network

Map of Sarawak showing the 11 administrative Divisions (in capital letters) and boundaries, as at 2014
Ref: Chief Minister's Department, Kuching, "Sarawak - a pictorial journey of progress and development", 2012.
Bakun Dam in 2011
 There is a very interesting history of the development of electricity supply in Sarawak.  It is made interesting if it can supply electricity to its neighbours especially the bigger region of Kalimantan Borneo, Sabah and the small kingdom of Brunei.  This history is made possible due to the huge source of electricity supply from Bintulu gas turbine generating stations at Kidurong and the hydro-electric Bakun and Murum dams at the hinterlands of Bintulu.  Bakun has progressively started to supply electricity since August 2011 and the Murum Dam (further up the Bakun Dam) will contribute late 2014. At present all access roads and overhead cable networks from both dams  follow the road network from Bakun to Bintulu.  The electricity generated from Bakun is largely consumed by the industries at a new heavy industrial zone in Similajau region ( in the Bintulu Division) especially the industrial parks of Samalaju.
Location of Bakun and Murum Dams in relation to Bintulu - its main consumer.
(Note: This blog will attempt to write  more on the history of Bakun in future, especially on the creation of the dams,  its financing, construction, EIA and socio-economic impacts.)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Initial notes

Sleepy Bintulu fishing village of the 50's
This morning (8/11/14) I embark on blogging about the history of Sarawak.  It is a big country, as big as Peninsular Malaysia.  It is however in many respects a unique landmass that is endowed with rich resources from the open seas and coasts to the heavily forested mountain ranges.  It would be a sad thing if its fascinating history is not available online or at the touch of the keyboard.  In making more useful digital information available  I have used the blogspot or blogger format since information contained in the blog postings can easily be googled worldwide.  This blog is inspired by the developmental changes that occur in Bintulu and therefore the story of Sarawak will be re-constructed around the the concept of developmental history.   
Bintulu at the beginning of the new millenia