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.
In October 2023, Johan Basson (Function Manager, Urban Development) received an Honorary Fellowship from the Institute of Municipal Engineering of Southern Africa (IMESA).
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In a strong display of commitment to environmental sustainability, around 50 SMEC employees recently laced up their running shoes to participate in the “Takbo Para Sa Kalikasan” (Earth Run) 2023 held on 26 November at Liwasang Ulalim, CCP Complex, Pasay City. The event featured three run categories – 5K, 10K, and 25K – and was organised by the Green Media Events Company.
To bolster environmental stewardship, SMEC joined forces recently with the Center for Nature Conservation and Development (CCD) for a successful tree planting initiative in Vietnam. The activity, held at Me Linh Station for Biodiversity, located around 50km north of Hanoi, marked a significant step in SMEC’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability.