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Old February 11th, 2008, 02:27 AM   #1
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Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE)

More than RM100b projects for Sarawak

By : Firdaus Abdullah

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KUCHING: The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) is off to a running start with deals worth more than RM100 billion waiting to be inked.

After Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi launches the massive long-term development project at the Bintulu waterfront today, he will witness the signing of 13 agreements and memoranda of understanding.

The MoU between Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) and Tenaga National Berhad (TNB) for the supply and transmission of electricity from hydro and coal-powered plants alone is worth RM50 billion.

The other substantial MoU, valued at RM22 billion between SEB and Sime Darby Bhd, is for the construction of transmission lines, including the dual submarine transmission cables, to link the Bakun Hydroelectric Power Plant to Peninsular Malaysia.

Apart from the two main deals, SEB will also enter into concrete deals worth another RM7.25 billion to supply electricity to the Rio Tinto-Cahya Mata Sarawak aluminium smelter in Similajau and Press Metal Bhd’s aluminium smelter in Mukah.

The Bintulu Development Authority is also expected to sign an MoU with ZincOx Resources Plc to set up a zinc electro-refinery worth RM1.2 billion.

The other MoUs are between parties involved in renewable biofuel, feedstock, fisheries, aquaculture, shipbuilding and human capital training.

Score is the final slice of the government’s long-term plan for holistic development and equal distribution of wealth among Malaysians.

It is part of a comprehensive master plan to improve the quality of life and embrace the challenges of globalisation.

It encompasses a whole range of industries, from downstream oil-based production and aquaculture to world-leading high-tech ventures like state-of-the-art aluminium smelters and specialised glass making.

Abdullah said Score’s advantage was its abundance of land, a huge supply of relatively cheap electricity and water, and a dedicated authority to ensure the smooth implementation of the plan.

It will be managed by the state’s Regional Corridor Development Authority.

Its target by 2030 is to create 1.5 million new jobs and achieve a gross domestic product per capita growth of 5.5 per cent a year.

The greatest challenge will be to attract RM305 billion in investments in the next 20 years.

The corridor stretches 320km along the coast from Tanjung Manis to Similajau, extending into the hinterland.

Both urban and rural growth centres will experience a well-balanced transformation into self-contained modern communities.

Tanjung Manis, the biggest deep-sea fishing port in the country, is undergoing massive expansion.

The Similajau port, with specialised terminals to cater for the heavy industries in the region, is being developed to complement the Bintulu port to fulfil Score’s import and export requirements.

Mukah will also have its own port, catering for the deep-sea and coastal fishing industry, and providing an alternative mode of transportation between Tanjung Manis and Similajau.

Apart from the energy-intensive industries like aluminium, nickel, steel, zinc and glass, Score will also be a hub for marine engineering, shipbuilding and the construction of oil rigs.
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Sime Darby, SEB to sign MoU

KUALA LUMPUR: Sime Darby Berhad and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) will sign a memorandum of understanding today which will see major progress in the supply and transmission of electricity from the Bakun Dam.

The MoU will be inked as part of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) project, which Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will launch in Bintulu today.

The MoU will see the multinational working together with SEB to commission the generating units at Bakun, and develop a transmission line connecting Bakun to the Sarawak grid.

Industry sources said the signing of the MoU will pave the way for detailed negotiations on the sale of electricity generated by the dam to Sarawak.

The Bakun Dam will have the capacity to generate 2,400MW of power, of which 1,600MW will be transmitted to Peninsular Malaysia via underwater cables.

The first cable will be completed in 2013 and the second in 2015.

It is understood that the signing of the MoU will pave the way for Sime Darby to get the green light to transmit power overland in Sarawak, from Bakun to Kampung Pueh.

The submarine cable lines will start from Kampung Pueh across the South China Sea to Johor.

It also leaves open the possibility of purchasing any excess capacity from SEB, with the objective of exporting additional electricity to the peninsula using the transmission link.

Sime Darby is the owner of the Bakun Dam and its transmission works. SEB, which is owned by the Sarawak Government, is responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in the state.
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Tycoon gets deal to build Mukah airport



Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing is the country’s best known airport builder and upgrade contractor


KUCHING: The contract to build the RM700 million airport in Mukah has been awarded to tycoon Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing’s company, Global Upline.

At his Chinese New Year open house on Thursday, Ting said his company would build the “international standard” airport, Sarawak’s second largest, capable of handling Boeing 747s and other wide-bodied aircraft.

Ting, the country’s best known airport builder and upgrade contractor, said the airport would be built near Judan, a few kilometres from the centre of the coastal town.

He would not disclose when work will begin.

Mukah is a gateway to the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is launching today. It is one of two major towns in the corridor.

The oil and gas town of Bintulu is the other, and it has an airport that can handle Boeing 747-sized aircraft.

The RM380 million airport was built by Global Upline under the Government Deferred Payment Scheme, a scheme to kick-start the economy after it was hit by the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s.

Located 20km from Bintulu town, it was completed in 2002, replacing the old airport that was nearer the town.

At present, Mukah has an airstrip that caters to small aircraft like the 19-seater Twin Otters.

The fishing port with a population of about 100,000 has a large coal mine feeding independent power producer Sarawak Energy Bhd’s Mukah power generation plant. Its hinterland has been developed into oil palm plantations.

Other major airport contracts awarded by the Transport Ministry to Global Upline include the upgrading of the Miri, Labuan, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu international airports.
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RM334bil is the cost for developing Sarawak corridor

KUCHING: A whopping RM334bil in capital investment is needed to fully develop the proposed Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) in the central region.

The setting up of energy-intensive and other industries would require some RM200bil in funding while some RM67bil would be needed to develop huge energy resources, including the building of hydropower dams and coal-fired power stations.

Another RM61bil will go to fund infrastructure projects, and RM3bil each will be required for human capital development and institutional infrastructure.

These figures are provided in a 126-page book published by the state government to give investors an overview of SCORE in conjunction with its launch by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Monday.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said SCORE would capitalise on the central region’s abundance of energy resources. A pre-requisite for the development of energy-based industries was to have access to relatively cheaper electricity.

The energy resources identified in the central region include hydropower (28,000MW), coal (1.46bil tonnes) and natural gas (40.8 trillion cu ft).

“Other industries such as timber-based, oil palm and tourism will continue to be aggressively promoted and developed,” he added.

The first energy-intensive project to be implemented in Balingian within the corridor is an aluminium smelter, which is expected to be in production next year. The plant is expected to consume 90MW of power initially, which will increase to 630MW by 2011.

A second and bigger aluminium smelter is expected to begin production in Similajau by late 2010, requiring some 900MW of energy.

Taib, in a separate Chinese New Year message yesterday, said the state government would work hard to attract foreign direct investment, especially in the development of the hydropower projects and coal reserves in the Kapit and Mukah divisions.
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SCORE takes off

By JACK WONG

KUCHING: Sarawak Energy Bhd is going ahead with the development of several big hydroelectric dams to power the energy-intensive industries planned for the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) in the state's central region.

SCORE, the country's fifth and last regional development corridor, was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Bintulu on Monday morning.

Planned for full development over 22 years, SCORE covers 70,709 sq km and stretches along the coast of Tanjung Manis (where an integrated timber complex and deepsea fishing port are located) in Sarikei Division to Similajau in Bintulu Division.

Plans are already underway to develop the Murum dam (990MW), Balleh dam (950MW) and Pelagus dam (770MW), all in the upper reaches of the Rejang River.

These proposed dams are, however, smaller than the federal-funded Bakun dam project (now being built), which could generate up to 2,400MW.
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Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing is the country’s best known airport builder and upgrade contractor
dia ni lagi...?takde org lain dah?...yes, he may be known for his new kuching airport...but i'll never forget and forgive him for what he has done for Plaza Rakyat!!
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Sarawak corridor draws RM500bil

By JACK WONG, SHARON LING and STEPHEN THEN

SIBU: The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) got off to a great start with some RM500bil worth of private investment committed at its launch in Bintulu yesterday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the proposed investment was made in 24 memoranda of understanding (MOUs) signed during the launch.

The proposed investment has already exceeded the RM334bil that the Sarawak Government said was required to fully develop the regional economic corridor by 2030.

Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the proposed investment included for the fisheries sector by Australian companies that were not earlier anticipated.

“I am very pleased that on the first day (of the launch of Score), the private sector has already come forward and indicated intention to invest in Sarawak,” Abdullah said after opening the Centennial Hall of SMK St Elizabeth at Jalan Oya here yesterday.

He said the development of oil and gas as well as hydro resources, infrastructure, transport and communications sectors in Sarawak required very big investment, and there were also plans to develop heavy industries.

“The private sector investment is expected to be more than the amount we have indicated in our plans. This augurs well for Sarawak,” he said.

The energy-intensive industries to be set up within the corridor are at least two aluminium smelters.

Sarawak Energy Bhd, Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) and Rio Tinto Aluminium Ltd inked a RM5.25bil deal for the supply of 1100MW of energy. Other deals signed included:

·Sarawak Energy and Press Metal Bhd for the supply of 510MW worth RM2.5bil;

·Sarawak Energy and Sime Darby Bhd for 2,400MW from Bakun and undersea transmission line worth RM22.5bil;

·Sarawak Energy and Tenaga Nasional Bhd to analyse energy options, develop coal potentials and infrastructure worth RM50bil;

·Carbon Capital Corp Sdn Bhd and Japan Carbon Mercantile Co Ltd for a biodiesel plant worth RM1bil;

·Konsortium Galdasar Sdn Bhd and Yuh Yow Fisheries Taiwan for a 800ha aquaculture project worth RM100mil;

·Konsortium Galdasar and Shei Chui Oceanic Enterprise Taiwan for shipbuilding worth RM40mil;

·Bintulu Development Authority and Zinc Ox Resources England for zinc electro refinery plant worth US$350mil;

·Sarawak Energy and a consortium of banks for RM3bil to RM20bil in financial deals;

·CMS and Rio Tinto on training for its aluminium smelter;

·CMS and Rio Tinto and Aluminium Pechinery for the supply of technology to Salco aluminium smelter; and

·CMS, MMC Corp Bhd and Pan Kingdom Investment Co for financial deals worth US$1.5bil.

In terms of area of coverage and monetary investment, the Sarawak regional development corridor has topped the other development corridors in the country. A total area of hinterland measuring 70,000 sq km is expected to be developed, affecting more than 600,000 people.

According to the development blueprint yesterday, the core projects would involve the setting up of power generation plants to churn out at least 20,000MW of electricity.

High priority sectors have also been identified for development – petroleum, aluminium, metal production, glass production, tourism, palm oil plantations, livestock, fishing, timber plantations, aquaculture and marine engineering which includes ship-building and ports construction.

Abdullah yesterday allocated an initial sum of RM5bil in federal funds towards the development corridor in Sarawak.
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Malaysia launches billion$ Sarawak development plan
Published: 2008/02/11




MALAYSIAN Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has launched a development project worth nearly US$100 billion to fuel growth in resource-rich Sarawak.

Abdullah said the government would spend an initial RM5 billion (US$1.54 billion) to kickstart the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy, with private investment targeted at RM300 billion (US$93 billion).

The Sarawak plan — the last of five regional economic blueprints being rolled out — focuses on developing the state’s energy resources of hydropower, coal, natural gas and petroleum.

“The development, distribution and consumption of energy is a core element leading to the success of the Sarawak Corridor,” Abdullah said at the launch.

The premier said the project aims to bring economic growth and eradicate poverty in the predominantly rural state by 2030, by creating some 800,000 jobs and luring billons in private investment.

“It’s not going to be less than RM300 billion (ringgit). It’s a huge amount but it involves large developments in various fields ... in Sarawak, which is a very large (state),” he said.

The area earmarked for development is a 320-kilometre stretch along the Borneo coast facing the South China Sea, and covers an area of 70,708 square kilometres — 57 per cent of the state.

Officials say the main engine of growth for the project is the use of hydroelectricity supplied by the Bakun Dam to power various large-scale heavy industries.

Abdullah yesterday witnessed the signing of a RM5.25 billion power-supply deal between Rio Tinto Alcan and Malaysian utility Sarawak Energy Bhd for a planned aluminium smelter on Borneo island.

Rio Tinto and local partner Cahaya Mata Sarawak (CMS) have proposed building a US$2 billion smelter, which would be among the world’s largest.

Sarawak Energy also signed an agreement with Press Metal Bhd. to supply 510 megawatts of electricity to a RM2.5 billion aluminum smelter project that will commence operations in July 2010.

Malaysian conglomerate Sime Darby Berhad and Sarawak Energy Berhad also inked a deal worth RM22 billion to manage the 2400-megawatt Bakun dam and construct its transmission cables.

The two companies will also undertake a project to lay undersea power cables to transmit electricity from the dam to peninsular Malaysia. - AFP
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New Tourism Opportunities Seen Emerging In SCORE

BINTULU, Feb 11 (Bernama) -- New tourism development opportunities are expected to emerge in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) with the creation of hydro power lakes and the opening of the hinterlands.

Based on the book on the overview of SCORE released today, this industry could potentially create 75,000 jobs by 2030 and contribute US$4.8 billion to Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The focus of the tourism industry development will be on investments to increase visitor arrivals through the execution of a "complete experience" strategy that involves adventure, cultural, eco-tourism and business.

The strategy also involves focusing investment promotions on new lakes and other suitable key locations, based on a location-specific strategic plan, while maintaining close coordination and collaboration with relevant tourism agencies to accelerate development.

Sarawak tourism is forecast to see 10 million visitors a year by 2030 based on the increasing trend of intra-Asian tourism activities, with investments and visitors numbers driven by low-cost air transport expansion.

With the implementation of the corridor plan, business travel will grow significantly, it adds.
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Sarawak Corridor to attract RM334b investments
by Joseph Chin, 12 Feb 2008 11:01 AM
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BINTULU: The Sarawak Corridor, which was launched yesterday, should attract RM334 billion in investments from now until 2030, with the federal government accounting for 15% of the investments.

According to the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) master plan launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi yesterday, the corridor would be developed in the central region — covering 70,700 sq km in the Bintulu, Kapit, Sibu, Mukah and Sarikei divisions.

“So far, the central region’s potential had not been developed due, among others, to its scarce population. With development coming in now, there will be huge economic and social impact,” Abdullah said when launching SCORE at the Bintulu Promenade here.

According to a Bernama report, he said the spillover benefits from the region’s development would be seen in other parts of Sarawak as well.

The Prime Minister also announced a RM5 billion allocation for high impact projects that have been identified under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) for the development of SCORE.

He also witnessed the signing of 13 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) between the Sarawak government and companies taking part in SCORE.

The MoUs involved the state government, Sarawak Energy Bhd, Cahaya Mata Sarawak Bhd and Rio Tinto Aluminum Ltd for the supply of energy of between 900mw and 1,200mw for an aluminum smelter in Similajau with an investment value of RM5.25 billion.

Abdullah said to catalyse the development of SCORE, three growth centres had been identified — Tanjung Manis, Similajau and Mukah.

Tanjung Manis, a port whose hinterland is resource-rich, will become a manufacturing and small industries centre, and he said: “By 2030 we hope it will become an important regional port city.”

Similajau will be an industrial city underpinning a new industrial centre, housing heavy industries such as oil & gas, aluminum, steel and silica, with a deepwater port set to be built there.

Mukah will be an education hub and a “Smart City,” drawing not only academic and research institutions but also skills training centres.

“As high as the hornbill soars, juat as high are the hopes of the Sarawak people on the success of this Corridor, and they are ready to accept development to improve their quality of life,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that with the full implementation of the SCORE master plan by 2030, Sarawak would see its gross domestic product (GDP) growing from RM23 billion now to RM118 billion, with annual GDP growth pace rising to 7% from 5% now.

In this period, 1.6 million high-value job opportunities will be created throughout Sarawak, about half of them in industries emerging in SCORE, he added.

By 2010, according to Abdullah, hardcore poverty in Sarawak will be wiped out while poverty would be reduced to less than 1% by 2030 from 7.5% of the population now.

Abdullah said he has directed that a “green development framework” study be undertaken to ensure that SCORE’s development is environmentally friendly.

“This is to ensure that our energy resources will be developed in a sustainable and environmentally sound manner,” he stressed.

Energy resources, especially hydro power of 20,000mw, coal deposits of 1.46 billiion metric tonnes and natural gas deposits of 40.9 trillion cu ft, are readily available in the SCORE region.

Recoda, the Regional Corridor Development Authority, has been set up as a one-stop agency to facilitate all investment activities in SCORE as well as drive the development of the central region and the whole state towards fully developed status by 2020.

This is the fifth development corridor that Abdullah has launched to ensure balanced development throughout the country. The others are the Iskandar Development Region in the southern tip of the peninsula, the Northern Corridor Economic Region, the East Coast Economic Region and the Sabah Development Corridor.
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Naim studying foreign JV offers

By JACK WONG

KUCHING: Naim Cendera Holdings Bhd is evaluating several joint venture offers for property developments or construction projects overseas.

Deputy managing director Dr Sharifuddin Wahab said one proposal was from the government of a northern African nation for a RM300mil walk-up apartment project.

“We are in discussion on this apartment project and expect a decision towards the third-quarter this year,” he told StarBiz yesterday.


Also being evaluated are proposals from Middle East investors for joint-venture projects in the construction of new townships and other types of properties.

The joint-venture proposals also extend to Naim’s project management expertise.

Sharifuddin said the firm was studying the offers as it was keen to spread its wings abroad.

Naim’s core businesses are in property development and construction. The bumiputra-owned company has carved a name in developing new townships and commercial centres in Miri, Samarahan and Kuching. It has built some 12,000 houses and shophouses.

Sharifuddin said Naim was aggressively looking to expand its land-bank of over 1,200ha, particularly in Sibu, Sarikei and Bintulu, which are within the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score).

Score, launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Monday, stretches 320km along the coast of Tanjung Manis (Sarikei Division) to Similajau (Bintulu Division) in central Sarawak.

The Sarawak government expects some 1.5 million new jobs to be created by high-impact industries and other sectors when Score is fully developed by 2030.

“With the influx of manpower into the regional corridor, there is a crucial need for more housing,'' Sharifuddin said.

He did not rule out Naim acquiring land outside Sarawak for future residential or commercial development.

Sharifuddin said the RM500mil raised from the sale of Islamic bonds in December gave Naim the financial resources to purchase land.

He said the proceeds would also be used as working capital for several major infrastructure projects that Naim had secured.

The projects include the RM1.3bil Kuching/Matang flood mitigation project, RM300mil Bengoh hydro dam project near Kuching, and the RM188mil upgrading of the Sibu-Julau road.

“The environmental impact assessment study of the flood mitigation project is under way. We will start work this year. The project will take five years to complete,” Sharifuddin said.

He said Naim was now building an access road (with two bridges) to the Bengoh dam site, and the construction of the dam proper would start next year.

The upgrading work on the Sibu-Julau road is under way.
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wow..so many news about the score..
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Carbon Capital Corp, Japan firm to invest RM2b in SCORE

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PETALING JAYA: Clean development mechanism (CDM) services provider, Carbon Capital Corporation Sdn Bhd is teaming up with Japan Carbon Mercantile Co Ltd (JCM) to undertake renewable energy projects worth RM2 billion.

Carbon Capital group managing director, William Kho said the two-phase project was part of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) initiative. The parties would jointly fund the project on 51:49 basis, he told The Edge Financial Daily.

“We are targeting to kick off the first phase in the middle of this year and are now negotiating with the state government for the land for the project,” Kho said.

On Monday, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Kuching for phase one of their programme which would require US$300 million or about RM1 billion, and be developed over five years.

The projects included developing a multi-feedstock biodiesel plant with an annual capacity of about 240,000 tonnes a year, and bulking facilities in Tanjung Manis, Sarawak.

The MoU would also see the JV developing 100,000 ha of jatropha and oil palm plantations, and potential biogas or biomass renewable energy projects under CDM programmes in Sarawak.

The second phase would involve increasing the capacity of the biodiesel plants to 500,000 tonnes a year and the development of another 100,000 ha of jatropha and oil palm plantations. This would require another RM1 billion investment.

Kho said the project was expected to create export revenue of more than RM800 million annually, as all the renewable energy produced would be exported to Japan. In the second phase, Carbon Capital would consider selling the biodiesel, biogas and biomass products to the local market.

He said the jatropha and oil palm plantations would mitigate the effect of rising crude palm oil prices, as Carbon Capital and its Japanese counterpart would not have to rely on third-party supply of feedstock, he added.

The JV would develop alternative biofuel feedstock, such as palm oil, to mitigate investment risks of the jatropha plantation, where the yields and economics were not yet well-established.

CDM is an arrangement under the Kyoto protocol which allows industrialised countries with a greenhouse gas reduction commitment to invest in projects that reduce emissions in developing countries instead of undertaking expensive emission reductions in their own countries.

Jatropha is a plant that can grow in almost all types of soil, and its oil can be processed to produce a high-quality biodiesel, while the residue can be processed into biomass to power electricity plants.

The biodiesel plant would be capable of utilising multi-feedstock of crude palm oil (CPO) and/or crude jatropha oil, and was designed to take into account future expansion of the production of other biofuels.
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interesting name.... "Corridor of Renewable Energy"...
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Old April 7th, 2008, 03:37 PM   #15
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SCORE TO BRING TREMENDOUS BENEFITS TO SARAWAK

Bernama - Tuesday, April 8

SIBU, April 7 (Bernama) -- Sarawak can reap tremendous benefits when its regional development corridor, the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), is successfully implemented by 2030. State Second Finance Minister Datuk Sri Wong Soon Koh said that for example, its gross domestic product(GDP) has been projected to increase five-fold to RM118 billion in 2030 from RM23 billion in 2006. Speaking to newsmen before launching a seven-day exhibition on SCORE at the Sibu Gateway here today, he noted that its per capita income has similarly been projected to increase to RM84,077 from RM23,193 during the same period. SCORE, one of the five regional development corridors launched throughout Malaysia, is a major initiative to transform Sarawak into a developed state by 2020. Encompassing 70,709 sq km and with a population of 607,800 people, SCORE stretches for 320 km along the coast from Similajau in Bintulu to Tanjung Manis in Mukah and extending into the surrounding areas and the hinterland. "The number of jobs to be created will also increase by 1.6 million, from 900,000 in 2006 to 2.5 million in 2030. "For these reasons, every Sarawakian should be well informed about SCORE and the many jobs and business opportunities it will generate. They should prepare themselves to exploit them," said Wong. He pointed out that foreigners will be especially attracted to invest because of SCORE's renewable energy base and concept. The core of SCORE is the energy resources, particularly hydropower (28,000 MW), coal (1.46 billion tonnes) and natural gas (40.9 trillion sq cu ft) within the Central Region of Sarawak. Pointing to the 10 industries that have been identified as priority sectors in SCORE, Wong said these will give the greatest economic impact to the state. The industries are oil-based, aluminium, steel, glass, tourism, palm oil, timber-based, livestock, aquaculture and shipbuilding & shiprepair. Apart from economic growth, Wong said, the people will witness rapid development in the provision of infrastructure, utilities and social amenities in the SCORE area. "I am confident that the living standard of all the people including those in the hinterland and rural areas of the state will be greatly uplifted by then," he added. -- BERNAMA ESS MAD SIV
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JAPAN & ITALIAN UNDERSEA CABLE MANUFACTURERS PLAN TO SET UP PLANT IN SARAWAK

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PUTRAJAYA, April 14 (Bernama) -- A joint venture between Japanese and Italian undersea cable manufacturers plans to set up a plant in Sarawak to cater for the Middle East and regional markets, Energy, Water & Telecommunication Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor said today. He did not name them but said details are being worked out after which Cabinet approval will be sought. Speaking to reporters after his ministry's Monthly Gathering & Excellence Awards presentation here, Shaziman was responding to a question on whether the government has appointed the company to undertake the project to lay a 700 km long submarine cable to transmit electricity from the Bakun Hydro Electric project in Sarawak to the peninsula. According to him, there are not many players in this particular industry but these two companies have shown interest in the project. He however stressed that the joint venture's involvement is up to Sime Darby and Tenaga Nasional to decide on as they are entrusted with the Bakun and electricity transfer projects. "It is their call. But what I am saying is that there are not many manufacturers in this particular area, manufacturing submarine cables with high capacity," he explained. Shaziman felt that it would be an advantage for the joint venture to set up the plant in the country as it could then participate in the Bakun project as well as market its product to the region. According to him, the Bakun project is more than 70 percent completed and is expected to be ready by 2009 or 2010 to transfer power to the peninsula. Sime Darby Bhd’s unit, Sime Darby Power Bhd (SDP), which is building the multi-billion-ringgit Bakun Dam-Peninsular Malaysia Transmission System, including the 700 km-long submarine cables, is reported to have called for pre-qualification tenders. The pre-qualification is for the design, manufacture, testing, delivery, installation and commissioning for the high voltage direct current (HVDC) link between Bakun dam’s power plant and the peninsula. -- BERNAMA TNS SIV
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S’wak suitable as the country’s rice bowl


KUCHING: The Federal Government's decision to develop Sarawak as the national rice bowl is most appropriate as the state has abundant land suitable for the crop, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng said.

In line with the decision, he said that Sarawak must double efforts to develop agriculture into a modern and commercial sector.

“Ample food is crucial to meet the people's basic needs and ensure continued stability. Thus, we must be prepared to face a global food crisis,” he said at the State Legislative Assembly recently.

On Monday, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said that three areas, namely Tulai in Bintangor, Mukah and Sri Aman had been identified to start largescale padi cultivation.

Sarawak, where 58,000ha had been identified as suitable for commercial padi planting, would receive an allocation of RM50mil from the Federal Government to start the project immediately, he said.

Abang Muhammad Salahuddin said he was impressed by the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) development plan, one of five regional development corridors launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Bintulu on Feb 11.

He said the region had vast natural resources which had not been fully tapped, such as hydro, coal and spacious land, and the approach taken by the state to develop and offer energy at a competitive rate was most appropriate because the increase in fuel prices in the world market had prompted the global industry to look for cheaper alternative energy resources.

SCORE is expected to create 2.5 million job opportunities by the year 2030 and raise per capita income in the state to RM84,077 in 2030 compared the current RM23,193. — Bernama
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Czech Industrialists Keen On Joint Ventures In SCORE

KUCHING, May 12 (Bernama) -- Industrialists from the Czech Republic are keen to embark on joint ventures with local investors, particularly in high-tech agriculture and energy-intensive industries being implemented in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan said Monday.

Dr Chan, who is also State Industrial Development Minister and Modernisation of Agriculture Minister, said Czech companies were interested to invest in the country's largest development corridor because of the vast energy resources that Sarawak could provide for them.

"As far as agriculture is concerned, they would like to see whether they can embark on joint ventures, which involves high-tech agricultural expertise in certain fields, including fisheries," he told reporters after receiving a courtesy call from a visiting Czech delegation, led by the Czech Republic ambassador to Malaysia, Dana Hunatova, at his office in Petra Jaya here.

The 13-member delegation also included the Czech Committee on National Economy, Agriculture and Transport chairman, Ivan Adamec, as well as delegates from engineering, mining technology, air traffic control and energy production equipment companies.

"Following their visit to Sarawak, the Czechs will let their industrialists know on about the possibilities, including in the energy-intensive industries such as high quality glass and crystal production, of which they have the expertise," Dr Chan said, adding that the proposed bilateral cooperation would be followed up with further discussions.

At present, Sarawak has a hydro power potential of 20,000 megawatts (MW), including those sourced from the 2,400MW Bakun hydro-electric project by 2010 while its coal-generated power is expected to increase to 480MW by next year from 210MW, with a major portion to be used by heavy industries, especially aluminium smelters in Bintulu.

According to the SCORE masterplan, the 70,700-square kilometre corridor, which was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in Bintulu last February, should see investments amounting to RM334 billion, with the federal government accounting for 15 percent, from now until 2030.

Dr Chan said the state government was also seriously looking into the possibility of local students pursuing their tertiary education, especially in agriculture, business and engineering courses in the Czech Republic.

He said Sarawakians were offered educational facilities in the republic, which has three world-class universities, including in Prague, with courses being conducted in English.

On trade between Sarawak and the Czech Republic, Dr Chan said it was in the republic's favour at present, with a lot of orders for machinery and medical equipment.

Sarawak hoped to reverse the trend by exporting agricultural products to the republic in future, he said.

-- BERNAMA
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New roads to link hydro dams in Sarawak
Wednesday May 14, 2008 MYT 12:26:32 PM
By JACK WONG
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KUCHING: Sarawak will build some 220km of new road to link to the sites of four major hydroelectric dam projects earmarked for development.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said the Federal Government had approved these road projects within the Sarawak Corridor of Renewal Energy (SCORE).

''These proposed road projects will provide access to the dam sites to enable the hydroelectric power to be tapped and transmitted to the country,'' he told the state assembly on Wednesday.

Jabu, also state Infrastructure Development and Communication Minister, said the four proposed dams were Murum (900MW) and Baleh (1,400MW) in Kapit Division, Baram (1,000MW) and Limbang (capacity not stated) in northern Sarawak.

He said the proposed 62km access road project to the Murum dam site had been given priority as the proposed dam was targeted to be operational in 2013.

Tenders for the Murum dam project will be called shortly.

Jabu said the proposed access road to the Baram dam site would be 64km long while that of Baleh and Limbang dam sites 73km and 19km respectively.

He said the Federal Government had also approved the construction of a proposed 151km access road to Ng Merit coal mine area in Kapit Division.

''The proposed road would provide a transportation line to enable the coal extracted to be transported out via Tatau/Sangan Road or via river through Batsang Tulie, Kapit.''

He said another 64km road would be built in Kapit Division to enable the development of a proposed rural growth centre.

''The implementation of these six road projects would also form a road network linking many longhouses and village settlements, schools and clinics in the interior areas,'' he added.

Jabu said the completion of these roads would enable land to be opened up for development to improve the livelihood of the local villagers.

He said the proposed implementation of several bridge projects in the coastal areas would be delayed to allow more funds to be channelled to the road projects.
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