Malaysia's 944-MW Murum hydroelectric plant officially complete

Murum Hydropower Plant

A ceremony held earlier this week marked the official opening of the 944-MW Murum hydroelectric plant in Malaysia's Sarawak state.

The commissioning was attended by a number of local dignitaries, who said Murum's completion will help be a catalyst for economic and social growth within the region.

"Sarawak is a such a big state that in order to attract big investments for industrialization, we need to be able to offer abundant electricity," Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud said. "We also need to ensure we can offer electricity at cheap rates. In order to do this hydropower is the answer. So, the successful completion of Murm will go a long way in propelling us forward.

The project was developed by state-owned Sarawak Energy Bhd as part of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) initiative.

Sarawak Energy announced that its second plant to be developed under SCORE -- the 1,285-MW Baleh -- had received formal approvals from the state for its construction.

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