No decision yet on natural gas plant in Tanjung Hantu, says exco

THE state government is still considering whether to build a natural gas plant at Tanjung Hantu, near Teluk Senangin in Manjung.

There have been calls from environmentalists to preserve the area as it was near turtle landing sites.

Perak Industry, Investment and Corridor Development Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said developers were keen to invest there because of the infrastructure and facilities available.

“There are lots of factors to be considered, including it being a turtle landing site and the tourism aspect. We have not made any decisions yet,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the state assembly sitting.

Earlier this month, Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu denied that the state had approved the project.

On another matter, Mohammad Nizar said the RM180mil natural gas pipeline development project from Ayer Tawar to Kinta Valley would be completed in the fourth quarter of the year.

The project, he said, was now 70% complete with 44 companies near the pipeline to benefit upon its completion.

“It will be a huge benefit to new industrial entrepreneurs and potential investors,” he said in reply to Teoh Yee Chern (PH-Astaka) during the question-and-answer session.

“With the pipeline, there will be more opportunities for industries that need gas in their operations, including glass, chemical, steel, textile and ceramics,” he added.

He said the project was managed by Syarikat Gas Malaysia Bhd and the 140km pipe goes through the districts of Manjung, Perak Tengah and Kinta.

State Environment Committee chairman Dr Abdul Aziz Bari said the state encouraged the 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) approach to minimise solid waste in the state.

“The campaign to reduce plastic bags and polystyrene will be done in stages,” he said in reply to Ong Boon Piow (PH-Bercham), adding that government agencies and departments would take the lead to reduce their usage of plastic.

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