Entura has supported Malaysia’s renewables sector for over 15 years, enjoying close relationships with Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), the Sarawak Government and Universiti Tenaga Nasional.
Much of Malaysia’s power is generated by thermal resources, with a growing number of hydropower projects generating energy for the country. Hydropower currently supplies 20% of Malaysia’s energy, with ongoing schemes in Sarawak and the peninsular. The country has set itself a target of 20% renewable energy penetration by 2025, which would require an 18% increase from current usage.
The use of renewables varies from East to West Malaysia, with the Western side more reliant on coal and gas.
Entura are well placed to assist Malaysia reach its ambitious renewable energy goals. We have previously contributed to the country’s renewables sector through our involvement with numerous projects, offering expertise on cost-effective and efficient hydropower schemes.
In Sarawak, we have been engaged for hydropower feasibility studies in the Rajang River Basin, conducting technical and financial feasibility studies, hydrological assessment, optimisation studies, management of local sub-contractors and financial analysis.
We also aided the development of a dam in Kuching by performing an independent safety assessment, as well as designing a small, cost-effective hydropower scheme in Lawas to dispel the country’s diesel generation.
Our work in Malaysia goes beyond hydropower projects, offering flood management solutions caused by heavy rainfall and extreme monsoon weather. In 2005, we were engaged to alleviate flood damages to infrastructure in the capital of Kuala Lumpur, through the design of a SMART flood detection tunnel. The resulting technology has saved the Government and businesses in the city millions of dollars in flood damages.
Offering training services to the country’s utilities has also been part of our contribution to Malaysia’s renewables sector. We have empowered SEB through our Entura clean energy and water institute, offering short courses and customised training in our areas of expertise to optimise the skills and knowledge of energy personnel in Malaysia.
Find out more about our Malaysian projects below:
Our services in Malaysia include
Hydropower investigation and feasibility
Entura’s depth of knowledge in all areas of hydropower enables us to help clients identify and define hydropower opportunities of all sizes, whether new or upgrades. Our specialists can assess sustainability, study feasibility, support planning and acquisitions, conduct due diligence, undertake detailed design and serve as owner’s or lender’s engineer.
Our team of specialists in areas of hydrology, hydraulic modelling, environment, water quality, structural engineering, surveying, law, public consultation and economics are highly skilled in developing customised solutions for specific situational requirements. We are leaders in flood design studies, with a wealth of knowledge surrounding flood forecasting, real-time inflow and data management.
Knowledge sharing, training and capability development
We have a long history of sharing knowledge, building capability and delivering training across our full range of expertise and services. We regularly deliver short courses on a range of topics through the Entura clean energy and water institute and can develop customised training programs to meet specific business requirements. In Malaysia, we have proudly collaborated with Kuala Lumpur’s Universiti Tenaga Nasional to deliver specialised courses on hydro development and operations and maintenance in the Southeast Asian region over the past ten years. We have also delivered virtual dam safety training to the Malaysian National Committee on Large Dams.
Asset strategy, management and optimisation
We know first-hand how to best manage hydropower assets during all the phases of the asset lifecycle, right from the very beginnings of planning, through operation and maintenance, all the way to replacement, upgrade and end of life. Our services include asset management strategy and planning, risk assessment, lifecycle costing, due diligence, root cause analysis and failure investigation, reliability-centered maintenance, hazard and operability studies, condition monitoring, performance testing and outage management.