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1 Jan 2015

Sarawak Energy

Sarawak Energy fact sheet: “Murum Dam"

The Murum dam is the second hydroelectric project (HEP) to be developed by Sarawak Energy since Batang Ai HEP in the 1980s...The main EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) contractor is Three Gorges Dam Company (Malaysia) while Sarawak Energy acts as the project proponent in building the dam...The first round of community consultation on the dam took place in November 1994...Since then, the consultation involved visits to the directly affected longhouses in order to discuss the proposed project and consult with them with regard to all aspects of their proposed resettlement in order to reach amiable consent for the affected communities...From January 2010, the affected communities were consulted on the resettlement sites...The compensation policy for the affected community was guided by existing policies of the government...All 353 families living within the reservoir of Murum dam have been successfully resettled in early December 2013...Sarawak Energy is currently providing continuous assistance in ensuring that the communities can smoothly adapt to their new life. Schools have already started in the two resettlement areas with about 300 students...[Other initiatives]...are aimed at helping the realisation of the indigenous people’s aspirations for equal access to development.

Part of the following timelines

Malaysia: SUHAKAM report on Murum hydroelectric project and its impacts on indigenous peoples’ rights in Sarawak

Malaysian Bar Council report on impacts of Murum Dam on resettled indigenous communities