KOTA KINABALU, Feb 13 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will perform the ground-breaking for the US$1.5 billion (RM4.6 billion) Sabah Ammonia Urea (SAMUR) plant project in Sipitang on Thursday.
The massive project is owned by Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd.
Petronas Sabah and Labuan Regional Office general manager Joseph Podtung said the world-class SAMUR’s presence in Sipitang would create a positive impact on the chemicals and related-industries, including agriculture, hotel and catering, plant maintenance and transportation.
“It will also provide companies and entrepreneurs ample business prospects and generate jobs for the locals and spur economic growth, particularly for the local community in Sipitang,” he told a media luncheon hosted by Petronas Chemicals Group.
Podtung thanked the media for highlighting Petronas’ numerous economic projects and programmes including the SAMUR project.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said recently companies in Sabah would be awarded RM600 million worth of projects in the SAMUR plant.
He said the newly-appointed consortium’s associate, Sabah Energy Corporation, would disburse the projects to qualified Sabah-based companies and contractors.
Musa said the locals’ participation in this mammoth project showed “our call has been answered and signified Petronas’ earnestness in giving Sabahans opportunities to be players in the booming oil and gas industry.”
State-based companies would be awarded contracts related to civil engineering, inland transportation, security, jetty construction and manpower supply, he said.
The SAMUR project is expected to create at least 400 jobs for the locals when it is fully operational.
Source : Bernama