New water treatment plant for Samalaju

New plant to meet increasing need for treated water (The Star)

October 18, 2011

KUCHING: A new water treatment plant with a capacity several times bigger than the existing one will be built to serve the industries in Samalaju, Bintulu within the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

The capacity of the existing plant, which was commissioned several months ago, is five million litres per day (Mld).

Tender for the construction and completion of the proposed new water treatment plant, reservoir and associate facilities under phase I stage 2 of the Samalaju water supply project closed early August.

About 15 companies have submitted bids for the project, industry sources told The Star yesterday.

“We do not know when the contract for the project will be awarded.

“The new water treatment plant will have a capacity which is four times bigger than the existing one.

“There is an urgency to build the new plant to increase the supply of treated water because of the surge in investments in Samalaju Industrial Estate,” the sources said.

According to Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Samalaju had attracted 13 projects with approved total investment of RM26.4bil.

These projects are predominantly energy-intensive industries such as smelting plants, polycrystalline silicon, metallic silicon and ferro alloys plants.

Under 2012 Budget unveiled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak 10 days ago, the Federal Government has allocated RM978mil for infrastructure development of the five regional corridors, including SCORE.

The allocation for SCORE, reported to be RM93mil, is specifically for the Samalaju water supply project.

Samalaju’s phase I water project, which was implemented by KKB Engineering Bhd, cost about RM300mil.

It was completed and handed over to the authorities about three months ago.

KKB was awarded the project as a turnkey contractor on a design-and-build concept in August 2009.

Works included the laying of 800mm and 650mm-diameter mild steel cement lined pipes stretching for some 85km from the raw water intake point in Bintulu to Samalaju. Also built was a water treatment plant and other related facilities.

The Star (October 18, 2011)


Samalaju’s list of infrastructure projects are being carried out fast, to meet the needs of investors keen to start their operations in Samalaju as soon as possible.

SCORE’s Samalaju is shaping up nicely and in just a few more years, we will all witness it becoming the new home to industries from all over the world.

Right now, no effort is being spared to make Samalaju a conducive place to do business.


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