KUALA TERENGGANU, Dec 25 – Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) today gave the assurance that the water overflow from the Kenyir Lake dam would end soon and it advised the public not to panic, as an overflow after the water level has surpassed 145 metres is normal.
Sultan Mahmud Hydroelectric Station senior manager, Azani Mohd Yusof said this was the ninth time that water overflow from the dam occurred this year since the station started operating in 1985. “Water from the Kenyir Dam started to flow out through the ungated spillway last Tuesday after the volume of water reached full capacity at 145 metres and flowed out to Sungai Terengganu, which is still recording a normal level.
“Such overflow is also not a main factor for the occurrence of floods, which can also be caused by continuous downpour and other natural factors.” Azani said this at a news conference on the latest developments on floods in the state, at the Terengganu National Security Council (MKN) office, here, today.
Also present were state Health, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Muhammad Pehimi Yusof, acting Terengganu MKN secretary Roslina Ngah and state Public Works Department director Datuk Shafie Mohamad. Azani said the station was regularly monitoring the lake, including a special inspection once every 10 years by experienced foreign experts.
“I wish to stress again that the public should not be unduly worried following rumours circulating of late that we will be opening up the dam when indeed the dam is ungated. “There is only the spillway structure that was specifically designed to channel the excess water only to Sungai Terengganu.
“The ungated spillway is an important structure at the Kenyir Dam with safety features to protect the structure itself and integrity of the dam,” he explained. The building of Tasik Kenyir which is 370 sq km in size, started in 1978 and it became fully operational in 1985, with a 1,260 sq km catchment area covering three states, namely Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang.