Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sg Asap’s tourism and aquaculture potential should be developed — Chin

Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui

BINTULU: The federal and state government must work together in providing enough economic activity for the people in Sg Asap, Belaga.

Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said the area is not only a major source of electricity but has good potential in the tourism and aquaculture sector.

“I am sure the federal tourism ministry will cooperate with the state to attract enough tourists to the area,” he said when met yesterday.

According to him, even the prime minister himself is very concerned about the welfare of the Sg Asap residents along with the development of the Bakun hydroelectric dam.

In another development he said the seventh unit of eight turbines at the Bakun dam would be operational by October.

“Once it’s operational it will give Sarawak’s whole electricity grid enough reserve cushion to ensure what happened the other day will not occur,” he said.

Chin added the hydro project is very impressive and could refurbish the electricity need of Sarawak.
There are eight turbines that can operate a maximum of 300 megawatt with an installed capacity of 2,400 megawatt, with four units installed.

Unit eight is operational and can generate 181 megawatt of electricity, said Chin who was accompanied by Tenaga Nasional Berhad chairman Tan Sri Leo Moggie and Hulu Rejang MP Datuk Billy Abit Joo.

They had earlier visited the dam and Sg Asap resettlement.

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