Thursday, February 5, 2009

Bintulu poised to become state’s most strategic, beautiful town under SCORE

BINTULU: Fast economic growth will enable this town to get transformed from being a major industrial hub into a new business centre in the near future.

Ass in the major projects to be implemented in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), Bintulu would become the fastest growing town in the state.

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (pictured above) said it would then be able to attract potential investors from abroad particularly with the new township to be developed in Samalaju (formerly Similajau).

Taib was speaking at the opening of a two-day Bintulu Development Authority Conference (Bindac) 2009 here yesterday.

The event was organised by BDA to commemorate its 30th anniversary yesterday.

Recalling how Bintulu has developed from being a small town of some 5,000 people some 25 years ago to what it is today with about 120,000 people, he hoped that with the increasing population, a sizeable number of people would participate in the implementation of SCORE.

He noted that Bintulu records a five per cent yearly growth in its population.

The town’s consumption of electricity is about 40 per cent of the state’s power supply. Most of it goes to industries and the rest to homes.

To Taib, Bintulu is blessed in that it has significant resources including oil and gas, fertilisers, medium-scale industries, and skilled workers.

“Soon we will have another port dedicated to heavy industries. It will be in Samalaju,” he said, adding that the tentative date for the implementation was between 2012 and 2013.

By this time, Samalaju would have an aluminium smelting plant and a few other industries.

The port area will be only three kilometres from the land to sea, unlike the present one which is about five kilometres.

Another vital factor that will make SCORE run smoothly is the availability of alternative sources of power such as hydro-electric dams and coal.

In addition to that, there is also a need to build a railway system in Bintulu which would also cover Mukah and Tanjong Manis.

“SCORE’s kind of development will definitely attract a lot of investors,” he said.

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