Housing utilities soon for Japanese poly-silicon maker at Samalaju
BINTULU: Utilities for a temporary housing estate will soon be put in place in Samalaju within the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) industrial area as Japan’s Tokuyama company is scheduled to start building its plant in the area in July next year.
Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) general manager Mohidin Ishak said it was important to provide all infrastructural facilities such as electricity and water supplies and drainage system early.
Disclosing this during an ‘Inter-Agency Networking Hi Tea’ at Kidurong Club here on Thursday, he said a temporary housing estate was among the vital infrastructure as it would accommodate some 3, 400 of the workers who will build a poly-silicon plant.
“We expect the plant to be completed within two years,” said Mohidin in a talk about proposals and all related construction works in the industrial estate in a programme hosted by the Royal Malaysian Customs Bintulu.
Apart from the polysilicon plant, there will also be an aluminium smelter plant in the area.
Mohidin said the 200,000ha plant area would have various infra-structural facilities for which RM10 million allocated under the Ninth Malaysia Plan had been used by BDA for clearing and cleaning it up.
The development of Samalaju would cover 6,000ha of industrial estate land and 1,000ha for Samalaju town.
“We expect around 50,000 people to reside in the area when it has been fully developed. For them, BDA has to provide sufficient public amenities such as a school and housing estate,” said Mohidin.
According to him, they would advertise the project tenders and quotations in the coming months.
“Water treatment and energy plants are among the facilities to be built in Samalaju,” he added.
Mohidin was optimistic that more projects would enter the area soon, and if the target of making Bintulu an industrial city was achieved, it would become one of the busiest places in the state and expand the economy growth of nearby areas.
He pointed out that BDA was the state government’s project implementer of infrastructural facilities in Samalaju, adding that BDA had an experience of almost 30 years of developing Kidurong industrial estate, and would build more areas for heavy industries and a port under the Samalaju master plan in 20 years.