Currently, Sg Bengkoka Lower is completed and commissioned, but the project suffered damages due to flood and was unable to achieve its design capacity. SMEC will undertake a review and redesign in order to achieve Sg Bengkoka Lower’s installed capacity to allow for a faster modification and construction period enabling the hydropower plant to restart generation as soon as possible.
Construction of Sg Bengkoka Upper and Sg Togohu schemes, on the other hand, has partially commenced and SMEC will review and propose a revised design for the two hydropower plants in order to achieve their proposed installed capacities. For both projects, the turbine and generating units are on-site and the project components have to be optimised to suit their design parameters.
The client, KPower Engineering Sdn Bhd (KPEng), together with Tellhow International Engineering & Contracting Co Ltd, had taken over from the previous contractor to complete the engineering, design, procurement, construction and commissioning works. ORP, a subsidiary of OHP Ventures Sdn Bhd, was established to undertake the development of the project.
“This is a very good opportunity for us to solve the issues the client is facing and reinforce the strong capability statement that SMEC is a leader in the hydropower sector, be it small or major hydropower,” said Rajan Doraisamy, Regional Manager SMEC Malaysia.
The project started in March 2022 and is scheduled to be completed in 12 months.
The Tbilisi Development Fund has engaged SMEC to develop the Dighomi floodplain rehabilitation strategy. The Dighomi Floodplain is an area of special conservation interest, which includes riparian forest, protected Otter habitat and other unique flora and fauna ecosystems that have been assessed as critical by the International Finance Corporate Performance Standard.
SMEC has been contracted by Electricidade De Timor-Leste (EDTL) for the role of Project Supervision Consultants for the Power Distribution Modernisation Project in Timor-Leste. Supported by a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the project aims to assist EDTL in modernising the country’s power distribution system and strengthening institutional capacity.
Geotechnics will play a key role in helping our society achieve a safe, prosperous and sustainable future. Recent droughts have resulted in a need for more dam design and construction. Recent rainfall has resulted in extensive slop failures impacting our roads, rail and urban infrastructure. Energy transformation is driving large scale solar, wind and pumped hydro construction. These projects will all require geotechnical input to future plan for our communities.
Richard Parsons, one of SMEC’s key leaders in Social Value and Engagement is presenting on their technical paper ‘Considering Social Impact Assessment from a public interest perspective - some critical questions’ at the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand 2023 Impact Assessment Symposium in Canberra.