Rivers ‘too slow’ to fire up the grid

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

WITH developing sustainable energy sources being high on the national agenda, State Legislative Council (LegCo) member Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos Mohd Noh yesterday floated the idea of using the dam at Lubuk Nying, in Tutong District, for generating hydro-electricity to add to the national power supply grid.

Speaking at the LegCo session yesterday, Development Minister Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar replied, "The dam in Lubuk Nying does not have the component for hydropower generation, and it is solely for the purpose of water retention."

In essence, the minister explained that the water in the dam is used for irrigation and not for power supply.

Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Yunos thenasked whether the Temburong River is being considered as a source of hydro-electricity.

To this, Energy Minister Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Dewa Major General (R) Dato Seri Pahlawan Hj Mohammad Hj Daud explained that the country's rivers were not suitable.

"Because of the limited conditions, we are not focusing on this. We don't have rivers that are wide and long enough (for hydro-electricity generation)," he said.

The Brunei Times