Just as I thought, there are not going to be any submarine cables from the Bakun Dam to the peninsula.
Check out this Edge report here.
It was always going to be a risky and expensive proposition to lay submarine cables across the South China Sea even though the technology is there. The project, had it gone ahead, would have been the world’s longest undersea power transmission link; it would have entered uncharted territory, an expensive journey into the unknown.
The whole rationale, during the Mahathir administration, for building this jinxed dam was to supply power to the peninsula.
Now that the original justification for the dam is no longer there, what are they going to do with all the power from the Bakun Dam? Has Tenaga now realised that Bakun could be choked with sedimentation in a few years? Check out the warnings here. And look at this lamentation from Belaga over the social and environmental cost of Bakun.
Meanwhile, what do do with all that electricity from Bakun?
Why, the idea now is to build power-guzzling industrial plants to absorb the electricity.
This increases the possibility that the electricity from Bakun could be sold to aluminium smelters in Sarawak.
Really? Let me get this straight: they spent billions of ringgit on this dam, financed by public funds while displacing already marginalised indigenous communities from their native land and causing enormous environmental damage, so that well-connected large private corporations can set up energy-guzzling plants and profit from cheap electricity?
But is Bakun really viable in the long-run? That question is partly moot as some people have already made their money from the construction of the dam and the logging above the impoundment site of the dam.
And now they are building another large dam in Murum?