Mudung Abun, Borneo

May 2009

Conservation benefit: Support of 1,236 acres of watershed for 30 years

Community benefit: Integrated community-based micro-hydro power system

In the Kenyah language, Mudung Abun means “Cloud Mountain.” It’s a good description of the village’s location–a remote mountainous region in Sarawak, on the island of Borneo. Most of the 300 members of the community are farmers.

Two nonprofit organizations, the Institut Pribumi Malaysia Sarawak, and Partners of Community Organizations (PACOS Trust), will be building a 50-kilowatt micro-hydro energy system there. The project will promote renewable energy and enhance watershed conservation. Unlike big dams, small-scale hydro projects take advantage of steep drops in small streams and don’t harm the environment. The electricity will light 22 homes, community verandas, a women’s cooperative shop, food processing center, blacksmithing and welding workshop, and a community hall. It will replace eight diesel-powered generators and three rice-milling machines. As a result, it will eliminate the pollution caused by burning at least 211 gallons of diesel per month.

Seacology will fund installation of the micro-hydro system. The Seacology grant is in support of a 1,236-acre watershed area, which the community is protecting from shifting cultivation, logging, road construction, and other disturbances.

Project Updates
January 2011
The official project opening took place on December 20, 2010, and we've received a final report from project partner Institut Pribumi Malaysia Sarawak. In-kind support and services for the...
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September 2010
The major components of the micro hydro project have been completed; works at the weir/dam and the forebay sites have been completed, the penstocks have been laid to the powerhouse and the...
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May 2010
The project contact reports that the micro hydro project in Mudung Abun is progressing well. The construction of the forebay has been completed and the weir is under construction.
March 2010
The penstock for the water to run the turbine has been connected to the powerhouse. Excavating work for the weir & intake has been completed. The forebay is under construction.
December 2009
The project coordinator reports that the community has identified suitable sites for the construction of the project weir, fore-bay and power house. The community has built a 1km long trail/road...
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