Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd (BPHB) is in final talks with its major
shareholders, including the Sarawak government, on the funding for
the proposed Samalaju deepsea port project in Bintulu.
executive officer Datuk Mior Ahmad Baiti Mior Lub said discussions
should wrap up in the next three months.
cost of the new port, which is designed to serve energy-intensive
industries in Samalaju Industrial Park within the Sarawak Corridor
of Renewable Energy (Score), is estimated at more than RM1bil.
Sarawak government, through the State Financial Secretary, is
BPHB’s second-largest shareholder with a 30.7% stake after
Petroliam Nasional Bhd which owns 32.8%, according to BPHB 2011
Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) and Employees Provident Fund Board
are the third and fourth-largest shareholders with about 9.5% and
3.2% stake respectively.
Ahmad said construction works for the new port on 450ha was expected
to begin early next year for full completion in 2016. “We will
first build interim facilities, including berth for barges,” he
said the project’s first contract – site clearing and earthworks
package – was awarded last month. The package will take four
months to complete.
said BPHB, which was tasked by the Sarawak government to implement
the project, had invited bidders for the construction of the
proposed barge berth, which would be 300m long with a water depth of
7m. Tender for the package closes on April 13.
interim facilities are expected to be ready by the end of this year
and be operational in early 2013,” added Mior Ahmad.
said the interim facilities would handle barges transporting
building materials, equipment and other goods for the construction
of manufacturing facilities by Score investors.
major investors – Press Metal Bhd, Asia Minerals Ltd, OM Materials
(Sarawak) Sdn Bhd and Tokuyama Corp – are in various stages of
constructing their plants in Samalaju Industrial Park. Their planned
combined investments exceed RM9bil.