KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — Sarawakians will enjoy the “cheapest electricity tariff in the country” from the Bakun mega hydroelectric dam, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg said yesterday.
In a report by The Borneo Post, Abang Johari said the plant, which was acquired from Putrajaya yesterday, will only have operating cost in the long run.
“Yes, yes, in the long run, people will benefit. We will be the cheapest because there will be no cost except for operating cost,” he was quoted telling the press.
“Once you recover your capital expenditure, then your cost is only in maintenance and operations.
“So we want that to be transferred to the people. So you don’t have to charge high tariff,” he added.
The chief minister said Sarawak is fortunate to be blessed with natural resources, saying the government will maximise its utilisation for optimum results.
Yesterday, Abang Johari announced his government’s acquisition of the controversial Bakun Dam from the federal government at a cost of RM2.5 billion.
Construction work on 2,400 megawatts Bakun Dam began in 1996 and was completed in 2010 and was partly commissioned a year later. It was fully commissioned in July 2014.