CMS expected to start work soon on Samalaju project

KUCHING: Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) is expected to start work on Samalaju Central Project (phase 1) in Bintulu Division during the current quarter.

Group managing director Datuk Richard Curtis said the State Planning Authority had approved phase 1, which would have 129 units of commercial shoplots, a food emporium and a transportation hub when ready by fourth quarter next year.

Located on 35ha in the heart of the Samalaju Industrial Park, Samalaju Central will be surrounded by the pioneer batch of energy-intensive industries – OM Materials (Sarawak), Pertama Ferroalloys, Press Metal and Tokuyama.

Samalaju Industrial Park was developed under Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) initiative to cater to industries like aluminium, ferroalloys and manganese alloys smelting plants. Via wholly-owned subsidiary Samalaju Industries Sdn Bhd, CMS has a 25% stake in OM Sarawak, which is ramping up production of ferrosilicon alloys. Also under construction is Samalaju deepsea port to serve the industries nearby.

“With the aim of providing retail, commercial and industrial units to both small and medium enterprises,S amalaju Central is designed to be a visually attractive and well laid out commercial hub, comprising commercial shoplots, semi-detached light industrial buildings and vacant industrial lots,” said Curtis.

He said also to be developed by CMS was the proposed Samalaju Light Industrial Park on 80ha to provide semi-detached units that cater to small and medium-sized companies and other supporting industries to help create a critical mass of industries necessary for a vibrant industrial park.

“Planning and designing of the master plan and the units are currently under way. The launch of the semi-detached industrial lots at the park is slated for the second quarter 2016,” he added in the company’s newly released 2014 annual report.

Samalaju is now served by a 177-room four-star hotel – Tanjung Samalaju Resort Hotel – which became fully oporational last month.

Curtis said the hotel offered 150 rooms and suites, nine chalets and a host of modern facilities to provide accommodation for both short and medium-term stay visitors to the industrial park.

On the progress of the Samalaju Eco Park project on 810ha, an ambitious township CMS would undertake, Curtis said the first residential phase comprising 160 units of apartment blocks was currently under construction for scheduled completion by early next year.

“Land clearing and earthworks are currently undewr way for the commercial centre of the township, which will comprise a blend of shophouses, mixed-use complexes, markets and a shopping centre,” he said.

“These developments will centre on a system of canals and lakes, with shops being accorded frontage of the canal and river walk. It will provide an inspiring environment for a variety of commercial and entertainment outlets and activities and will encompass alfresco dining, street cafes and markets.”

Construction works on the canal project has started.

CMS owns and operates the Samalaju Lodges, which provided some 9,000 beds at the peak for construction workers and supervisors as well as managers of industries.

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