SCORE broadens its horizon as it diversifies for newer opportunities

KUCHING: Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) – the lead agency in the development of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) – held its 7th Board of Directors’ Meeting, on Wednesday, 20th July 2016.

Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Haji Adenan Haji Satem Chief Minister of Sarawak and Chairman of the RECODA Board of Directors, was briefed by RECODA Chief Executive Officer and Board Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot on progress to date as well as the overall development of SCORE.

Deputy State Secretary Datu Haji Ismawi Haji Ismuni also briefed the Board of Directors on related developments.

Using well researched data and figures, the RECODA CEO briefed the Board on key highlights from Samalaju Growth Node that showcase the success story of SCORE as it matures and diversifies into more markets and industries.

The RECODA CEO highlighted to the board that whilst the successes of RECODA and SCORE are admirable, RECODA is diversifying its spectrum in line with its emerging focus for SCORE to ensure the early successes continue.

“The SCORE Development model which currently covers the central region of Sarawak has provided a successful development model in the State. Through the development of road and other infrastructures, it has opened up the State rural areas, created jobs and ensured economic growth, diversification and expansion of the State Economy,” said RECODA CEO, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot.

RECODA has captured a total realised public and private investment of circa RM70 billion and this does not include palm oil industry clusters and property investments in some of the growth nodes.

Furthermore, projects within SCORE have created over 22,720 jobs since 2008. RECODA has a planned investment of RM334 billion by 2030.

In attendance were the Board’s two Deputy Chairmen, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Minister of Industrial and Entrepreneur Development, Trade and Investment Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

The Board Members present included State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani; Public Private Partnership Unit (Prime Minister’s Department) Director General Dato’ Ahmad Husni Hussain; State Planning Unit (Chief Minister’s Department) Director Datu Haji Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki; Malaysian Investment Development Authority CEO Dato’ Azman Mahmud; and MH Marican Advisory Sdn Bhd Chairman and CEO Tan Sri Mohd Hassan Marican, as well as representatives from the State Financial Secretary’s Office, Economic Planning Unit (Prime Minister’s Department); and Treasury (Ministry of Finance).

 

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact RECODA at 082-444851 or visit the RECODA website at www.sarawakscore.com.my.

SS: Necessary for new thinking on industrial by-products

KUCHING: State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi bin Abdul Ghani says that manufacturers in the State need to adopt a new way of thinking in terms of how they look at industrial by-products.

He explained the state government was mindful of the advancements made in waste management technology, especially after learning from the experiences of some countries in utilising industrial waste or by-products for productive purposes.

“In this respect, there is a need for a complete rethinking of ‘waste’ and to analyse if waste is indeed waste. A new thinking that calls for ‘waste to become wealth’, ‘refuse to become resource’, or ‘trash to become cash’,” he said, when launching the ‘Industrial By-Products Management and Business Opportunities Conference’, held at Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching, yesterday (Monday).

However, the State Secretary stressed that although there were numerous possibilities to turn waste into business opportunities, industries must never compromise on the safety of the environment or the safety of users of the by-products.

On a point made about Samalaju Industrial Park, the State Secretary also added, “It is our commitment to see Samalaju as a place to work, a place to live and a place where people will get jobs and enjoy the development of a liveable town, and for future generations and not a place for dumping of any slightest possible hazardous waste being deposited.

“It is a place which will not shun away investors or not shun away people from enjoying and benefiting the fruits of an environmentally well-planned township of Samalaju.

He also pointed out that the Government is committed to ensure all the industries in the State will always be environmentally friendly.

“The Governement will not compromise at all on this and have a clear policy in place to get everyone to be responsible for themselves, for the people and for the country in the long run.”

He therefore felt the Conference on Industrial By-Products Management and Business Opportunities was particularly relevant for Sarawak and for the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) especially since most of the industries in Samalaju Industrial Park in Bintulu were already in operation.

Meanwhile, more than 200 participants from the private and public sector as well as institutions of higher learning attended the conference, which was organised by the state government in collaboration with the ferroalloy industries operating in Samalaju Industrial Park.

The conference saw speakers from United Kingdom, France, Norway, Korea, Germany and Malaysia delivering presentations on the current issues and latest trends in industrial by-products management.

The organisers believed that creating awareness on the management and business opportunities of industrial by-products would be pertinent in the development of SCORE, where in recent years the State has witnessed the rapid growth of new industries, especially in the Growth Node of Samalaju.

Some of the conference participants will get the chance to see for themselves the vast potential and progress of SCORE as the conference organisers also arranged for a visit to Samalaju Industrial Park in Bintulu, today (Tuesday).

The conference was organised by State Planning Unit of the Chief Minister’s Department in collaboration with Sakura Ferroalloys Sdn Bhd, Pertama Ferroalloys Sdn Bhd and OM Materials (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, and sponsored by Regional Corridor Development Authority, Sarawak Energy Bhd, Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd and Sarawak Convention Bureau.

RECODA lauds private and public sector collaborations in SCORE

KUCHING: Industries in the State, especially in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) have a responsibility towards protecting the environment and as such they should work closely with the relevant government agencies, in order to mitigate the impact of their operations on the environment.

Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot explained this was particularly pertinent for SCORE, as it is the most ambitious development project ever undertaken by the State.

As such, he lauded the most recent effort by the ferroalloy industries in Samalaju Industrial Park for their collaboration with the State Government on the upcoming ‘Industrial By-Products Management and Business Opportunities Conference’.

“I fully support any endeavour by the private sector in SCORE that helps in one way or another to protect our environment.

“As for this conference, I am pleased to see the private and public sector working closely together to organise an event that will have mutual benefits for all stakeholders concerned,” he said, in a press release in conjunction with the upcoming Industrial By-Products Management and Business Opportunities Conference.

“I also hope the conference will be an eye-opener for the industries in Sarawak, particularly in SCORE, to enable them to see how proper management of industrial by-products can help to protect our environment while creating additional value for their business operations.”

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson also pointed out that in developing SCORE, the government placed great emphasis in continuing the State’s policy of sustainable development, which included balancing the need for progress and the necessity for protecting and conserving the environment.

Meanwhile, the Industrial By-Products Management and Business Opportunities Conference will be held tomorrow (Monday) at Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching.

The event will see speakers from United Kingdom, France, Norway, Japan, Korea, Germany and Malaysia delivering presentations on the latest trends in industrial by-products management.

More than 200 participants representing stakeholders from the public and private sector as well as institutions of higher learning are expected to take part in the conference.

It is organised by State Planning Unit of the Chief Minister’s Department in collaboration with Sakura Ferroalloys Sdn Bhd, Pertama Ferroalloys Sdn Bhd and OM Materials (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, and sponsored by RECODA, Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd, Sarawak Energy Bhd and Sarawak Convention Bureau.

World Bank delegation briefed on SCORE

 A delegation from the World Bank was yesterday briefed on the latest progress of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot conducted the briefing for the four-member delegation at his office at the Old Legislative Assembly Building in Kuching.

The delegation was made up of World Bank Chief Economist for East Asia and Pacific Region, Dr Sudhir Shetty; Representative to Malaysia and Country Manager for Malaysia, East Asia and Pacific, Faris H. Hadad-Zervos; Lead Economist, Dr Julio E. Revilla; and Senior Economist, Rafael Munoz Moreno.

The briefing, which was one of the programmes lined up for the delegation’s two-day visit to the State, highlighted among others the various investment components of SCORE and updates on the infrastructure development within the Corridor.

 

Better Baleh connectivity in the cards

Better Baleh connectivity in the cards

KUCHING: The implementation of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) is set to vastly improve road connectivity to Baleh in Kapit Division. Currently through SCORE, it has funded the infrastructure development in Samalaju, Mukah and Tanjung Manis Growth Nodes.

With funding from the Federal Government through Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA), the next phase of construction will soon begin on the access road, which will lead all the way to Sarawak Energy Bhd’s Baleh hydroelectric project (HEP).

As the implementing agency for the project, Public Works Department (JKR) Sarawak signed contracts with four construction firms here yesterday, to start work on the 73-kilometre road, from Nanga Mujung to the Sungai Dapu.

The access road, which is expected to complete by the end of 2019, is crucial for the construction of the 1,285MW Baleh HEP that is expected to begin this year.

Apart from accelerating investment in infrastructure development for the energy sector, the access road is poised to open up new areas of economic activities in the region for agriculture and commercial forestry and help create job and business opportunities for the local communities.

This project is the first big public funded road infrastructure for Tunoh Growth Node, which is also known as Bukit Mabong District.

For the more than 9,000 people living along Batang Baleh, the new access road will also provide them a more convenient commute to Kapit town, as the journey by road would take only one hour, compared to the 3-hour travel time by express boat.

The access road project, which began in 2009, involves the construction of 73 kilometres of ‘R3 Standard’ road and 27 concrete bridges from Nanga Mujung to Sungai Dapu, as well as construction of 3-metre wide paved roads to seven longhouses in the area.

The RM77 million Batang Baleh Bridge, which was under Package B (Phase 1) of the project, was completed in December last year.

Under the 11th Malaysia Plan, the access road project will be implemented at an approved cost of RM1.4 billion.

It will be implemented through 15 phases under three main packages: Package A (Phases 1-7) that consists of construction of roads from KM0.00 to KM36.258, including eight bridges; Package B (Phases 2-4) from KM36.258 to KM50.698, including 10 bridges; and Package C (Phases 1-5) from KM50.698 to KM73.3, including nine bridges.

Meanwhile, the 36-month contracts for Package A (Phases 2-7) of the access road project, were signed between JKR Sarawak, represented by its Director Zuraimi Sabki, and Debessa Development Sdn Bhd, Pekerjaan Piasau Konkerit Sdn Bhd, Untang Jaya Sdn Bhd, and Samado Sdn Bhd.

Among those who witnessed the signing of the contracts were Minister of Land Development Tan Sri Dr. James Jemut Masing, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communications Dato Sri Michael Manyin anak Jawong, Kapit Resident Joseph Belayong and RECODA Chief Executive Officer Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot.

A group photo: (front row, from left/right) RECODA CEO Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communications Dato Sri Michael Manyin Anak Jawong, Minister of Land Development Tan Sri Dr. James Jemut Masing, JKR Sarawak Director Zuraimi Sabki Kapit, Resident Joseph Belayong together with representatives from the four construction firms.

A group photo: (front row, from left/right) RECODA CEO Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communications Dato Sri Michael Manyin Anak Jawong, Minister of Land Development Tan Sri Dr. James Jemut Masing, JKR Sarawak Director Zuraimi Sabki Kapit, Resident Joseph Belayong together with representatives from the four construction firms.

Residents of Nyalau continue to benefit from Samalaju Better Baleh connectivity in the cards

SAMALAJU: Residents of Nyalau, the closest settlement to the Samalaju Industrial Park near here, will get to enjoy better facilities soon, through infrastructure projects undertaken by the Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) as part of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) initiative.

The projects include the upgrading of the current access road in Nyalau that connects Kampung Kuala Nyalau and Kampung Nyalau Tengah in the north with Kampung Ulu Nyalau to the Bintulu-Miri coastal road in the south.

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