Sempam Mini Hydro
Sempam Mini hydropower plant is located about 7km from the village of Tras not far from Raub. Build by William Bibby of the Raub Australian Gold Mining Company Limited,construction works started in 1897 and it was commissioned on July 1900. It is the first hydropower plant and also the first power plant in Malaya and it is a real wonder to have a plant build 113 years ago still intact and running smoothly.
From its initial 300bhp or about 220kw it had been upgraded to its present 1MW(1,000KW) of electricity and it is connected to the national grid via transmission lines.
Pictures courtesy of Turbineman's log.
The outflow into Sempam River.
A bumpy welcome.
A video of unit no:1 running so smoothly.
It run so silent that the cat slept beside it.
The unit no:2.
The unit 2 generator badge.
No entry sign
Very old pressure gauge.
The old crane is still strong.
Transmission tower at the plant.