Deal #318

Location #1

Spatial accuracy level
Exact location
Location
Bakun, Nanga Merit, Sarawak, Malaysia

Latitude
2.7563889
Longitude
114.06305559999998
Target country
Malaysia
Comment on location
35 km from Belaga

Land area

Size under contract (leased or purchased area, in ha)
[2013] 70000
Size in operation (production, in ha)
[2013] 70000

Intention of investment

Intention of investment
Renewable Energy

Nature of the deal

Nature of the deal
Outright Purchase

Negotiation status

Negotiation status
[1960] Intended (Expression of interest)
[1997] Intended (Under negotiation)
[2000] Concluded (Contract signed)
[1986] Intended (Under negotiation)
[1990] Failed (Negotiations failed)
[1993] Intended (Under negotiation)
Comment on negotiation status
Plans for the dam date back to the 1960's. After several failed attempts the project was revived in 2000 through Sarawak Hidro.

Implementation status

Implementation status
[2011] In operation (production)

Purchase price

Comment on purchase price
The investment costs are stated to be USD 22,000,000,000 - however, this figure comprises of the cost for building the dam, not only the cost of the land.

Operating company

Name of investment project
Bakun National Hydroelectric Project

 

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Data source #1

Data source type
Research Paper / Policy Report
File
Date
2008-01-01

Data source #2

Data source type
Media report
File

Data source #3

Data source type
Media report
File

Data source #4

Data source type
Company sources
File

Data source #5

Data source type
Other (Please specify in comment field)
File
Comment on data source
Wikipedia article; accessed 14:04:2015

Data source #6

Data source type
Media report
File
Date
2015-01-23

Data source #7

Data source type
Media report
File
Publication title
Power, profit, and pollution: dams and the uncertain future of Sarawak
Date
2009-09-03

Consultation of local community

Community consultation
Not consulted
Comment on consultation of local community
Last October of 2007, the company did not consulted the rural communities in the area of the project.

How did the community react?

Community reaction
Rejection

Displacement of people

Number of people actually displaced
10000
Comment on displacement of people
The project has already displaced 10,000 native people and will flood 1000 local resident that are still living in the location like the size of Singapore.

Negative impacts for local communities

Negative impacts for local communities
Displacement
Comment on negative impacts for local communities
In 1998, when the communities were resettled, the government told the people they must pay for their own housing, which forced many families into debt.

Promised or received compensation

Promised compensation (e.g. for damages or resettlements)
Those families were promised 10 acres of farmland but was only provided 3 acres.

Former land owner (not by constitution)

Former land owner
Community

Former land cover

Former land cover
Forest land

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