International Mining and Resource Conference

Sarawak led a strong Malaysian delegation to the inaugural International Mining and Resources Conference in Australia held from 10th to 13th November 2015. The State was represented by the Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA), the State Planning Unit (SPU) and Sarawak Energy (SEB), and was accompanied by the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).

The primary goal of the Sarawak delegation was to raise awareness of Sarawak’s attractiveness as a potential investment destination, draw attention to the State’s location and access to commodities, and the western style business friendly environment. Secondary topics of discussion was related to the State’s approach to the environment and sustainability, social development, and the importance of business ethics in operations and innovation.

Sarawak Energy was the lead sponsor of the event and, in conjunction with RECODA, set up an impressive exhibition booth showcasing Sarawak Energy’s core businesses and role in assisting with the development of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

A number of meetings with potential investors were scheduled for both RECODA and SEB, with a focus on industries that require inexpensive energy supplies.

Nick Wright, SEB’s vice president of business development, presented papers on the competitive advantages of setting up in Sarawak entitled “Sarawak: the Smelting and Minerals Processing hub for Asia Pacific”.

Kieren Malley head of technical sales at Independent Instruments Pty Ltd, Australia said, “The Sarawak booth is just refreshing and enlightening. Before this, I never knew that Malaysia has hydropower generation. And to learn that renewable hydropower is now Sarawak’s main source of energy is fascinating to me.”

Day two of the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) saw no let up in the number of visitors to the booth and meetings continued with senior management from CITIC Resources, Dow Chemicals and Mitsui.

Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) had this to say about IMARC, “IMARC is a great platform for us to learn from and exchange views and experiences with others in the industry, especially in the areas of technology and innovation which we may be able to apply in Sarawak. The conference offers a great opportunity to showcase Sarawak. And I am happy to see a close partnership between RECODA and Sarawak Energy in exploring opportunities at IMARC.”

The conference and exhibition provides a platform for the drivers and thinkers, the mining leaders, policy makers, financiers, technical experts, innovators and educators or what the organisers call the ‘brains trust’ of the entire mining industry to get together and share ideas, build relationships and do deals.

Nick Wright, SEB’s vice president of business development was interviewed for the event’s news channel. During the interview Nick outlined Sarawak Energy’s role as an energy development company and a vertically integrated electricity utility in Sarawak.

There was no let up on the final day of the event as RECODA and SEB personnel continued to welcome visitors to the booth, raise awareness of Sarawak and SCORE and lay the foundations for future opportunities whilst attending relevant forums and discussions.

EVENT FACTS AND FIGURES

The three day conference featured 200 exhibitors and was attended by 2,000 participants.

During the event, the Sarawak booth attracted hundreds of visitors interested to learn more about Sarawak and the opportunities in the State.

KPMG, METS Ignited and Junior Mining Hub were also participants in the event.

At the IMARC Gala dinner, Mrs Gina Rinehart, billionaire chairman of Hancock Prospecting Pty received a lifetime achievement award in recognition of her contributions to the industry.

Three new members were inducted into the Australian Prospectors and Miners hall of fame and Sarawak Energy was recognised as a lead sponsor of the event.

Baleh Bridge Topping Up ceremony

On  4th November 2015, the Baleh Bridge Topping Up ceremony was officiated by YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing, Baleh Assemblyman cum Minister of Land Development.

The Baleh Bridge will link the recently completed Nanga Melukun and Nanga Mujong Road on the southern bank of Baleh River to the proposed 73km access road that will lead to the proposed Baleh hydroelectric dam project in Putai, Baleh.

Among those present were Deputy Minister Regional and Rural Development YB Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi; Political Secretaries to Chief Minister, Menjang Renggi, Mr Tengku Geruna and Mr Jefferson Jamit Unyat; Kapit District Council Mr Walikota Philimon Nuing; and Kapit Resident Mr Fedrick John George.

Launch of Bukit Mabong, Tunoh, Kapit by the Chief Minister of Sarawak

On 3rd November 2015, Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Haji Adenan Satem launched Bukit Mabong as a new district in Kapit.

Bukit Mabong is the fourth district in Kapit – Kapit itself, Belaga and Song are the other three. Bukit Mabong covers an area of 12,000 square kilometres and has a population of more than 22,000. The area is known for its outstanding natural beauty with extensive forests, hills and clear, sparkling streams and is expected to attract tourism and other recreation linked investors. 

Also present during the ceremony were the Sarawak State Secretary, Yang Berhormat Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi Bin Abdul Ghani; and Minister of Land Development Datuk Amar Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, who is also the Member of Parliament for Baleh.

In conjunction with the launch, a two-day exhibition on SCORE was also held on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2015. The exhibition aimed to explain to the public about existing SCORE developments. It also shared future development plans for the Tunoh Growth Node.

Present to welcome and brief dignitaries at the SCORE booth were Chief Executive Officer of RECODA, Tan Sri Datuk Wilson Baya Dandot and other RECODA officers.

Other Agencies involved in the exhibition were Sarawak Energy Berhad, SALCRA, Jabatan Kerja Raya Kapit, Land & Survey Kapit.

Value Management Lab – SCORE project: Access road to Baleh Dam site, Kapit

From 1st to 6th November 2015, RECODA organized a Value Management Lab session at the Hotel Meligai, Kapit, and RH Hotel, Sibu.

The lab covered various discussions, topics and presentations pertaining to the preparation of “Projek SCORE: Jalan Akses ke Tapak Empangan Baleh, Bahagian Kapit”, (SCORE project: access road to Baleh Dam site, Kapit) one of the SCORE projects in the Tunoh Growth Node.

Lodge National Secondary School visit to Samalaju Industrial Park

On 29 October 2015, Lodge National Secondary School visited Samalaju Industrial Park (SIP). The objective of the visit was to get exposure on the development of SIP and the latest information on economic opportunities in SIP.

The Lodge National Secondary School group was headed by Mr Thomas Hou Kok Sen, Director of Lodge Group of Schools. During the visit, RECODA, Samalaju Industrial Port Sdn Bhd, Press Metal Bintulu and Tokuyama Malaysia Sdn Bhd, briefed the group on the latest developments and challenges in their areas.

RECODA and BDA joint meeting and site visit to Samalaju Industrial Park

RECODA and Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) organized a Joint Meeting and Site Visit to Samalaju Industrial Park on 28 October 2015.

RECODA’s Management Team was led by Tan Sri Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot, CEO of RECODA, together with BDA’s Project Team led by the General Manager, Pn Rodziah Hj Morshidi.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss outstanding issues on Samalaju Industrial Park project implementations as well as conduct a joint project site inspection.

Some of the project sites visited included Section B1 Road, Section C1 Road, Roads to Samalaju Eco-Park and the Samalaju New Township.