Private firm's cargo train proposal for Perak’s Silver Valley Technology Park supported by state govt, says MB

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad (front, fourth from left) said the state government supported the cargo train project.

IPOH: A private company has proposed to operate a cargo train service from Chemor to Lumut that will complement Perak’s Silver Valley Technology Park, says Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad.

The Perak Mentri Besar said the state government supported the project.

“Right now the company is in the midst of convincing the state’s Public Private Partnership Unit (UKAS). It is a Malaysian company.

“The project will be carried out by them, and it would certainly benefit the state,” he said during a press conference at the ground-breaking ceremony of a zero waste facility plant by Jinjing Silicon Technology Sdn Bhd at Kanthan, here on Monday (May 8).

In August last year, Saarani said the project, which was proposed in April 2022, would boost the industry’s growth in the Kinta district.

Separately, Saarani said the RM40mil plant was expected to produce an annual production of one million tons of white silica, 100,000 tons of high-purity quartz and silicon material for the renewable energy industry.

“The plant is scheduled to start its operation in the third quarter of 2024 and it is expected to come with 500 new job opportunities.

“Besides Jinjing Silicon Technology, we also have a list of big companies from China that are interested in expanding their plants here in Perak.

“Some of these companies have plants in Hi-Tech Park Kulim, Kedah and we also have new companies as well,” he said.

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