The torrential deluge of water, mud and boulders on the dam’s left abutment slopes washed off a section of the left abutment buttresses, prompting the need for immediate restoration and slope stabilization works.
The assignment is being carried out in two packages. Contract 1 involves the reinstatement of around 72,000m3 of rockfill. Contract 2 covers the installation of thousands of soil nails and untensioned rock anchors and the application of shotcrete and hydroseeding for slope stabilization. Special measures to prevent future rockfall include installation of an interceptor drain and a rock trapping net to prevent mud and debris flow. Work is expected to be completed by July 2024.
SMEC’s scope of work includes:
Kenyir Dam is a key component of the 400MW Sultan Mahmud/Kenyir Hydroelectric Power Plant which supplies electricity to consumers on the East Coast of Malaysia. SMEC was also the design and construction supervision consultant when the power plant was built in the 1980s.
“This project is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate SMEC’s expertise in dam safety and remedial works design. We will leverage the proven track record of our technical specialists who are based in Malaysia to carry out the assignment to the satisfaction of the client and assure it of Kenyir Dam’s readiness to better withstand similar challenges in the future,” says Punitha Rajan Doraisamy, SMEC Regional Manager Malaysia.
SMEC has extensive experience in Malaysia’s hydropower and dams sector, with key involvement in developing some of the country’s most significant hydropower projects including the Kenyir Hydroelectric Project, Pergau Hydroelectric Project, Hulu Terengganu Hydroelectric Project and Ulu Jelai Hydroelectric Scheme.
SMEC carried out the detailed engineering design services for the project, harmonizing the design and construction methodology with the adjacent North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), another major infrastructure undertaking in the Philippines. The two projects will be built on the shared corridor of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) right of way.
Libby Paholski, SMEC Functional General Manager of Environment & Social Development Group - ASEAN, recently spoke at the 2022 International Development Opportunities Seminar. The seminar was organised by the Australian Government through the Australian Embassy in Manila and the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade).
SMEC is pleased to announce that they have joined the Qazaq Green Association in Khazakhstan as a member. With global expertise and as a trusted partner for our clients, SMEC has significant experience in renewables projects and enabling sustainability objectives in key infrastructure projects.
SMEC Malawi has been appointed by the Ministry of Forestry and Natural Resources in Malawi to carry out the “Consulting services for feasibility study, preliminary engineering design, detailed engineering design and construction supervision of small and medium sized multipurpose dams including establishment of community based operational and maintenance institutional arrangements.”