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Kenyir Dam

The history of construction of the dam spanned for 15 years, which is from the planning stage to the completion of the dam. Actually it was first identified in 1961 but it proved uneconomic due to the small demand and the high cost of production. Early 1970ís the government revived the study and further site investigations was proceeded.

Even though the original survey for the project was in1972 the construction was started in 1978 and was completed in 1985. In 1987 the whole project was officially opened by his Royal Highness The Sultan of Terengganu Darul Iman and was named after the baginda Sultan "Sultan Mahmud Hydro Electric Power Station".

The main project site is located at Kuala Kenyir (about 55km from Kuala Terengganu). The main features of Kenyir Hydro Electric Project are a rock fill dam with 400 megawatts of generating plant. During the construction period, two temporary diversion tunnels were built for the purpose of diverting the rivers.

The normal capacity of the lake store is 13.6 billion cubic metres of water. Whereas the deepest point is 145 metres deep. This power station complex building can produce 100 MW (megawatts) power units which can be supplied through out Malaysia. Normally the daily operation operates at a continuous power output of 165 MW and its average annual output is 1600 GWh (Giga watt hours).