SCORE attracts US$1.6 billion investment from Saudi Arabia
Saudi firm to build US$1.6b polysilicon plant in Sarawak (The Star)
KUALA LUMPUR: Saudi Arabia’s Project Management & Development Company Co. Ltd (PMD) will develop a US$1.6bil polysilicon manufacturing plant in Sarawak, the firm said in a statement on Wednesday.
The plant, which will be one of Asia’s largest, is part of Sarawak’s US$110bil plan to leverage on its energy resources and boost in the state.
“The project is in line with Sarawak’s initiative of promoting green and sustainable energy solutions, leading to further development of industrial base in the state,” PMD chairman Majed Al-Ahmadi said in the statement.
The company’s Kuala-Lumpur based affiliate, Cosmos Petroleum & Mining Sdn Bhd, will own and operate the plant when it starts production in 2016. Polysilicon is used to manufacture solar power panels.
The company has engaged the Malaysian unit of National Bank of Abu Dhabi, the largest bank in the United Arab Emirates, to raise funds for the project. The project is expected to attract investors from the Middle East and Southeast Asia, the bank said.
“This is our largest mandate for project finance to-date. The $1.6 billion will be a mixture of debt and equity,” chief executive of National Bank of Abi Dhabi Malaysia Leong See Meng told Reuters.
The bank, which opened its Malaysian subsidiary last October, aims to help businesses from the Gulf Cooperation Council penetrate the rapidly growing Southeast Asian market.- Reuters