Skill shortage weighs on MPAS integrated complex


CMS group managing director Datuk Isaac Lugun: “Management is prioritising their efforts to address this skilled manpower shortfall, ” he added in the latest update on MPAS’ operations.

KUCHING: Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd’s (CMS) subsidiary Malaysian Phosphate Additives (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd (MPAS) is commissioning the first furnace of its Phase 1 integrated phosphate complex in Samalaju Industrial Park, Bintulu, this month.

However, due to the limited availability of skilled operators from China as a result of Covid-19 immigration restrictions, only one out of four furnaces will be in operation in September 2021, unless the travel restrictions are lifted, according to CMS group managing director Datuk Isaac Lugun.(pic)

“Management is prioritising their efforts to address this skilled manpower shortfall, ” he added in the latest update on MPAS’ operations.MPAS Phase 1 involves domestic investment of RM898mil.

As South-East Asia’s first integrated phosphate complex, it will produce yellow phosphorus, technical grade phosphoric acid and food grade phosphoric acid.

Lugun said MPAS had secured 60% of long-term product off-take agreements with external parties. However, he said the company currently does not have any standing agreements for the supply of raw materials.

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