SEB adds more hydropower assessors to ranks

The 108MW Batang Ai Hydroelectric Plant

KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) has reinforced its commitment to sustainable hydropower development and management by expanding its pool of internationally trained in-house Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP)/ Hydropower Environmental, Social and Governance (HESG) assessors.

The all-Sarawakian team of assessors will be responsible for assessing and improving the sustainability performance of Sarawak Energy’s hydropower projects and plants.

They obtained their certificates at a recent virtual ceremony attended by Sarawak Energy Group chief executive officer Datu Sharbini Suhaili.

“Eleven of the Provisional Accredited Assessors (PAAs) will also be involved in sustainability assessments for international projects undertaken by other developers under the supervision of an International Hydropower Association (IHA) Lead Assessor.

“Meanwhile, two of the PAAs have been involved in an official HSAP/HESG assessment for a hydropower plant in operation in Indonesia.”

At the virtual certificate handover ceremony for the official appointment of HSAP and HESG assessors.

In 2014, SEB established an internal HSAP Assessment Team to intensify the company’s efforts to incorporate sustainability practices into its hydropower development and operation process and the team has since grown from 18 to 33 assessors.

Sharbini congratulated all 29 HSAP/HESG assessors and expressed his confidence that the team would further enhance Sarawak Energy’s hydropower sustainability performance.

Meanwhile, head of sustainability, Mohamad Irwan Aman, said Sarawak’s shift to a predominantly renewable generation mix had enabled Sarawakians to enjoy the lowest average unsubsidised power tariffs in Malaysia.

“We are one of the early adopters of the guidelines in the IHA’s HSAP to ensure our hydropower projects are developed and operated in line with international standards and best practices.

“We aim to embed sustainability best practices in our hydropower development and operation aligned with Sarawak Energy’s vision to become the regional powerhouse and hydropower specialist.”

Part of the Sarawak Energy’s in-house team of newly appointed HSAP and HESG assessors.