Development and construction work on the $30 billion “Sumeru” dam on the Indonesian island of Sumatra is now under way, with a final date of April 1.
The dam will be constructed in three stages and will be completed within the next 10 years, and will have the capacity to produce 30 million tonnes of water per day.
The project has attracted international attention for the first time as it has received the most public support of any new dam in history.
Its completion comes at a time when a number of major projects are under development around the world, including the proposed dam on Lake Titicaca in Peru.
In the US, the dam will add about 1.5 million acres of new water storage capacity, with projects across the state of New York and the city of Boston to pump water from the lake into the lake.
However, Sumeru is the first project to be completed under the umbrella of the Australian Federal Government’s $US1 billion Sumerum project.
Sumerum is a joint venture between the Australian and Indonesian governments that will provide a new generation of power and water for the region.
It will bring together three Australian energy companies, Western Power and South West Power, with the assistance of Chinese firms.
The dam is due to generate more than 100 million megawatts of power from renewable sources, which will be piped into the country’s power grid.
The construction of the dam has been delayed due to the lack of a viable alternative to the existing Sumerui Dam.
The state of Sumatran Sumatra has long been a major hydro-electricity producer, with its dams generating about 30 million megawatt hours of electricity a year, but its dam capacity is just 1.6 million megajoules.
Despite the dam being a high priority for Sumerunu, the Australian Government has not given the project a green light, with officials saying they are concerned about the impact the project will have on the local community and the environment.
A project of such magnitude has drawn international attention, including from the US where environmentalists have raised concerns about the impacts of the project on wildlife, the environment and local communities.