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Press Metal’s new aluminium smelter operational in June

PRESS Metal Bhd’s new 240,000-tonne-a-year aluminium smelter in Samalaju Industrial Park, Bintulu is expected to start operations in June. Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) chief executive officer Torstein Dale Sjotveit confirmed this in a report by The Star recently. SEB would supply 480MW to the new smelting plant. Press Metal already owns and operates Malaysia’s first … Continue reading

Rio Tinto not investing in SCORE…can you see the silver lining?

Originally posted on rimau atas kerusi:
Rio Tinto Aluminium was supposed to invest up to RM7 billion to establish an aluminium smelting plant project in Samalaju. Then early this week, it was announced that this won’t be happening in the foreseeable future. Members of the opposition were quick to point out that this was proof that…

Smelter Asia in tarif talks with Sarawak Energy

IT turns out that Smelter Asia Sdn Bhd is currently in negotiations with Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) for the supply of more than 600MW to power its proposed aluminium smelter in Samalaju Industrial Park, Bintulu under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE). Smelter Asia is a joint venture between Gulf International Investment Group Holdings Sdn … Continue reading

Retracing the steps of Alfred Russel Wallace in Sarawak

AS our State is going to start restoring the Brooke Cottage and Wallace Trail at Bung Muan, Bukit Peninjau in June, I thought it might be a good idea to learn more about Alfred Russel Wallace. It is strange that Sarawakians don’t know all that much about the man who wrote the paper that conveys his first … Continue reading

More global recognition for Rainforest World Music Festival

THE Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) continues to gain international recognition, making it into world music magazine Songlines’ 25 of the Best International Festivals for the third consecutive year! Why is this a big deal? Because the British magazine — launched in 1999 — is recommending that its readers attend our music festival! RWMF is listed … Continue reading

Sarawak to start restoration of Brooke Cottage, Wallace Trail

THE first phase of work to restore the Sir James Brooke Cottage and Wallace Trail at Bung Muan, Bukit Peninjau in Bau is expected to start in June. Many would probably be wondering what the Brooke Cottage is and who on earth is Wallace. Well James Brooke was Sarawak’s first White Rajah. He built a … Continue reading

Why the Rio Tinto aluminium smelter project fell through …

THIS week’s announcement of the scrapping of a proposed aluminium smelter project between Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA) and Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS) has gotten a lot of people talking. Some have even questioned whether the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) would be able to succeed following the pullout. Well there are already investors lining up … Continue reading

SCORE not affected by RTA-CMS aluminium smelter scrapping

THE Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) will not be affected by the scrapping of an aluminium smelter project between Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA) and Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS). Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the cancellation of the pact was not an issue as there are two other companies on the waiting list. … Continue reading

Petronas and Total to explore potential of Sarawak gas field

PETRONAS will work with French multinational oil company Total to explore the development and production potential of K5, a high-carbon dioxide gas field offshore Sarawak. Discovered in 1970, K5 is a sour gas field with up to 70 per cent carbon dioxide content located about 230km from Bintulu, in a water depth of 80 metres. This … Continue reading

Positive outlook for Sarawak property sector

THOSE involved in the property sector in Sarawak have indicated a very positive outlook for the State. Looking around Kuching city, this is no surprise as so many new buildings from commercial to residential are coming up. No shrewd investor would build so confidently if the market is not strong and buyers not ever ready … Continue reading