MIRI: Miri will become a hub for the development of technology for drones (unmanned aerial vehicles).
An agreement was signed in Miri Monday between a local Sarawakian company Fatimah Bersatu Sdn Bhd and Evo Sdn Bhd-ATCD (Kuala Lumpur-Russian joint venture company) to set up a drone hub in the Kuala Baram industrial zone near the Sarawak-Brunei border.
Sarawak Assistant Minister for Communications Datuk Lee Kim Shin witnessed the signing between Fatimah Bersatu executive chairman Sajeli Abdul Rahman and Evo chief executive officer Abdul Wahid Jantan.
Dr Vladimir Lukuyanov the managing director of EvoAtcd also witnessed the signing event at a hotel here.
Lee described the deal as a very important milestone that will turn Miri into a hub for research and development of high tech and advanced skills.
"The joint venture partners intend to set up this unmanned aerial vehicle hub in Miri for the provision of services like conducting aerial inspection and aerial surveys.
"This will be very relevant for the oil and gas industries offshore and inshore and also for monitoring the logging industry and doing land boundaries surveys.
"The companies also intends to establish engine maintenance and other technical services here and later on set up an assembly plant to manufacture these unmanned aerial.vehicles in Miri.
"Such vehicles can travel by remote control of up to 300km from the base and up to 3km high.
"They will be equipped with the latest remote surveiillance systems," he said.
Lee said the deal signifies the importance of Miri, which was the pioneering site for oil and gas in Malaysia.
Miri is the location where oil and gas was first found 120 years ago and thus this place should serve as the nation's hub for oil and gas development, he stressed.
Lee called on Petronas to set up its technical and research hub in Miri and give Sarawakian companies top priority in major contracts instead of just the sub contracts.