RM5b Nenggiri hydroelectric dam to have socioeconomic benefits for Kelantan

by TMR / pic courtesy of TNB

THE construction of the RM5 billion hydroelectric dam in Nenggiri, Gua Musang, will provide flood mitigation benefits for the people in Kelantan, on top of fulfilling the government’s aspiration towards increasing renewable energy (RE) in the country.

Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) president and CEO Datuk Baharin Din said the dam, which is expected to operate in 2026, is expected to overcome various issues as well as create employment opportunities for the people in the state.

“The Nenggiri dam will provide flood mitigation benefits with the ability to accommodate large amounts of rainwater during the monsoon season. The water in the main reservoir will be released back in a controlled manner into the Nenggiri River,” he said, adding that this will help control the flooding downstream of the dam.

“Apart from helping to reduce flood, it will also help the Kelantan state government to overcome the issue of clean water supply and irrigation for agriculture, and create employment opportunities during its construction and create new economic opportunities in its main reservoir lake,” Baharin said in a statement yesterday.

“As evidenced in Tasik Banding in Perak (Temenggor Dam) and Tasik Kenyir in Terengganu (Sultan Mahmud Power Station), locals will also benefit economically, especially from the tourism, recreation, agriculture, small business and infrastructure development sectors,” he said during the exchange of document ceremony at the Kelantan Mentri Besar (MB) Office recently.

The ceremony on Nov 2 was witnessed by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan and Kelantan MB Datuk Ahmad Yakob.

The hydroelectric dam project will deliver 300 megawatts (MW) to the National Grid when completed.

It is expected to increase TNB’s RE generation capacity, and upon completion, it will strengthen the state utility’s firm efforts to ensure a stable and reliable electricity supply for the people and the country.

“This project supports TNB’s sustainable energy aspirations towards zero net emissions by 2050 driven by a commitment to reduce the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions by 35% and a 50% reduction in coal generation capacity by 2035.

“Thus, it supports the government’s aspirations towards increasing the country’s green energy generation capacity to 40% by 2035,” he added.

For the record, TNB’s electricity generation capacity in the Peninsula currently comprises 18.0% hydroelectricity (2,536MW), 0.6% solar (80MW), 48.2% coal (6,800MW) and 33.3% gas (4,702.43 MW).

Baharin also said the Nenggiri project marks the people’s trust towards TNB, especially in its role and commitment to the environment.

TNB said it has carried out all the preliminary work and studies required to develop this project. TNB has also obtained all the required approvals such as Mineral Potential Study, Public Acceptance Study, Environmental Impact Study, Social Impact Study and Heritage Impact Study to ensure the project’s sustainability.

The Orang Asli community who are directly involved with this project, especially from Pos Pulat, Pos Tohoi and Kampung Wias will be relocated to new settlements with better and more comfortable infrastructure and basic necessities.

According to Baharin, they will also be given an economic stimulus package to improve their socio-economy in collaboration with the Kelantan state government, Land and Colony Office, Department of Orang Asli Development and other government departments.