Ulu Padas hydroelectric significant addition to Sabah’s energy supply grid

THE Ulu Padas Hydroelectric Project will generate 187.5 megawatts (MW) of electricity, adding up to 15% to Sabah’s energy supply grid.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Noor said the project was part of the state’s efforts towards achieving sustainable long-term solutions for its electricity supply.

He said as a major contributor to the renewable energy mix, the Ulu Padas hydroelectric dam was expected to be able to meet the increase in Sabah’s electricity when completed.

“This will not only be able to meet our increasing energy demand but is also critical for Sabah oil and gas development and Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park, thus driving economic growth in our state,” he said in a statement released by the state government.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim officiated the project’s ground breaking ceremony near Tenom today (Dec 7).

Hajiji said a study was also being conducted to enable the dam to supply clean and stable water flow of up to 6,000 million liters per day. – TMR