KUALA LUMPUR: More than RM25bil will be spent over the next 50 years to replace and upgrade pipelines, storage tanks, and water treatment plants, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He said the figure was in addition to the RM52bil allocated for water supply works from 2000 to 2050.
Najib said at least five new dams would be built under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.
“Among them are the Jelebu dam and the Batu Hempar dam in Negri Sembilan, the Perak-Penang raw water transfer, the Sayong dam, and the Ulu Sedili dam in Johor, the Keruak dam in Terengganu, and several major schemes in Sabah and Sarawak,” he said at the opening of the International Gas Distribution and Utilisation Conference and Exhibition at the Mines Resort, near here, yesterday.
Works Ministry secretary-general Datuk Izzuddin Dali read out his speech.
Najib said the RM3.8bil Pahang-Selangor raw water transfer scheme would be completed by 2009.
He said the scheme included the construction of the Kelau dam and a 44.6km transfer tunnel through the Titiwangsa Range.
He said the tunnel would bring 2,260 million litres per day of water to Hulu Langat, Selangor.
“Treatment plants at Hulu Langat and the associated distribution trunk mains, costing another few billion ringgit, will also be constructed in phases,” he said.
Earlier, Najib said Petronas had invested RM10bil for the peninsular gas utilisation project.
“With the development of over 2,300km of onshore transmission lines and over 1,100km of distribution networks in the country, piped natural gas supply is available in over 30 communities,” he said.
He said gas fuelled 70% of the country’s power plant and over 15,000 industrial, commercial, and domestic users.
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