IPOH – The construction of a natural gas distribution system in Perak can help attract more investors and boost its industrial growth, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.
He said Perak’s industrial sector lagged behind other states, resulting in dwindling interest among investors to carry out any form of industrial activity in the state.
“We can see the changes made to the industrial areas in the state, and the state government has decided to provide most up-to-date infrastructure to areas that were developed 30 to 40 years ago.
“This (natural gas project) is what we have been hoping for, and this will help boost industrial growth.
“At the same time, we are able to revise our industrial strategies in line with the changes to global industrial processes,” he told a press conference after the ground-breaking ceremony of a natural gas pipeline project in Bandar Meru Raya here today.
Also present were Second International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan and Gas Malaysia Bhd Chairman Datuk Hasni Harun.
Hasni said the RM180 million pipeline project would span 140 kilometres (km) from Ayer Tawar in the Manjung District to the Kinta Valley, with the main distribution pipeline from Ayer Tawar to Bercham and a secondary network from Lahat to Simpang Pulai.
The project, jointly undertaken by Gas Malaysia, the federal government and the Perak government, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter (4Q) of 2019.
“Gas Malaysia is spending RM120 million on the project, while the federal government and Perak government have allocated RM50 million and RM10 million, respectively,” he said.
Hasni said construction began in 2016 and 31 km of the pipeline had been completed, 59 km would be completed soon and the remaining 50 km was targeted for completion in 4Q 2019.
“This project will be beneficial as it will reduce air pollution, and natural gas is an efficient source of energy for the manufacturing sector.
“It will also bring new employment opportunities for the people of Perak,” he said. – BERNAMA