Sarawak Energy has reinforced its commitment towards sustainable hydropower development and management by expanding its pool of internationally trained in-house Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol (HSAP)/Hydropower Environmental, Social and Governance (HESG) assessors accredited by International Hydropower Association (IHA). 

The all-Sarawakian team now includes 11 IHA Provisional Accredited Assessors and 18 IHA Certified Users who will be responsible for assessing and improving the sustainability performance of Sarawak Energy’s hydropower projects and plants. The Provisional Accredited Assessors (PAAs) will also be involved in sustainability assessments for international projects undertaken by other developers under the supervision of an International Hydropower Association (IHA) Lead Assessor. To date, two of the PAAs have been involved in an official HSAP/HESG assessment for a hydropower plant in operation in Indonesia.

The new assessors received their certificates during a handover ceremony done virtually. At the event, Sarawak Energy Group Chief Executive Officer Datu Haji Sharbini Suhaili said: “We have come a long way in our journey from our early years as a small utility provider in 1921 to the commissioning of our first Batang Ai Hydroelectric Plant in 1985 and now as Malaysia’s largest renewable energy developer with our own team of HSAP and HESG assessors. This was realised through a structured and programmatic approach towards meeting Sarawak and the region’s need for a sustainable energy future.”

Sharbini congratulated all 29 HSAP/HESG assessors on their official appointments and expressed his confidence that the team would further enhance Sarawak Energy’s hydropower sustainability performance.

“Our in-house assessors can help us proactively manage our risks and ensure we continue to comply with international good and best practices, financing requirements and meet shifting generational and stakeholder expectations as we establish ourselves as a renewable hydropower specialist with a regional ambition,” he added.

Both trainings (Provisional Accredited Assessor and Certified User) are conducted under the Hydropower Sustainability Training Academy of the IHA – an extensive and active hydropower global network created under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1995 as the voice of sustainable hydropower. The IHA forms part of Sarawak Energy’s HSAP and HESG Assessment Team.

Sarawak Energy is Malaysia’s largest renewable energy developer and provider with a stable of three large hydropower plants and the Baleh Hydroelectric Project currently under construction.

Sarawak Energy's 108MW Batang Ai Hydroelectric Plant