PUPR Minister Basuki Emphasizes Maintaining the Quality of Dam Construction

08 October 2021

The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) continues to increase the number of dams in Indonesia to support the creation of water and food security, one of which has begun construction of the Sepaku Semoi Dam located in Tengin Baru Village, Sepaku District, North Penajam Paser Regency, Kalimantan Province. East (East Kalimantan).

PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono during his working visit to East Kalimantan Province, Friday (8/10/2021) reviewed the progress of the Sepaku Semoi Dam, which construction has begun since July 2020. As informed by the PUPR Public Relations team, Wibisono.

"Prioritize quality. I ask the supervisory consultant to strictly monitor the quality of the construction. If something goes wrong, don't hesitate to dismantle it. Be careful with the potential for landslides, so that the drainage is also arranged properly," said Minister Basuki.

Minister Basuki said that the dam with a volume capacity of 10 million m3 has been planned for a long time, mainly to meet the need for raw water with a capacity of 2,500 liters/second and reduce flooding by 55 percent.

The construction of the Sepaku Semoi Dam is under the responsibility of the Kalimantan IV River Basin Center (BWS) Directorate General of Water Resources, Ministry of PUPR with a multi-year contract until 2023 worth Rp556 billion with the implementing contractor PT. Brantas Abipraya- PT Sacna- and PT. BRP (KSO).

Meanwhile, the head of BWS Kalimantan IV, Harya Muldianto, said that the construction progress of the Sepaku Semoi Dam to date is 20.47% with the current work covering entrances, evasions, overflows, excavations and embankment of the dam body.

"According to the contract, the dam is targeted for completion by the end of 2023, but is expected to be completed sooner by the end of 2022. So far we have not encountered any technical problems or in land acquisition for the dam," said Harya.

It is noted that currently in East Kalimantan Province, there are six infrastructures that have been sources of raw water extraction. The six sources of raw water are Manggar Dam in Balikpapan (14.2 million m3), Barnacle Dam in Balikpapan (2.43 million m3), Aji Raden Embung in Balikpapan (0.49 million m3), Samboja Dam in Kutai Kartanegara (5.09 million m3), Mahakam River Kalhol intake (0.02 million m3), and Lempake Dam in Samarinda (0.67 million m3).

Also attending the review were the Director General of Highways of the Ministry of PUPR Hedy Rahadian, Expert Staff of the Minister for Technology, Industry and Environment Endra S. Atmawidjaja, Secretary of the Toll Road Regulatory Agency of the Ministry of PUPR Triono Junoasmono, Director of Dams and Lakes of the Ministry of PUPR Airlangga Mardjono, Head of BBPJN East Kalimantan Junaidi, Head of BP2 Housing H. Hujurat, and Head of East Kalimantan Regional Settlement Infrastructure (BPPW) Sandhi Eko Bramono.

Source: INDUSTRY.co.id