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Work on RM2 billion cement plant this year
Published on: Thursday, February 15, 2024
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Work on RM2 billion cement plant this year
The proposed Integrated Clinker and Cement Plant. Right: Michael
Kota Kinabalu: Work on Sabah’s largest RM2 billion integrated clinker and cement plant in Tongod is expected to start before the end of this year. 

Borneo Cement Sabah Sdn Bhd General Manager Micheal Kinsuan said BCS is waiting for the Federal Department of Environment (DoE) study. 

“We will start the first phase of work soon as we get the ‘green light’ from DoE,” he said. 

He said construction of a 26-km road would be carried out first from Kg Matiku, in Nabawan, to the proposed plant site. 

He said electricity and water supplies would be built simultaneously with the telecommunications tower that would be enjoyed by surrounding residents. 

He said the State Government has gazetted 700 acres for the factory site in Bukit Sinobang, Kg Kawayoi, 130km from Tongod township. 

“An area of ​​500 acres is earmarked for the clinker mine site, while another 200 acres for the factory site, packaging, operations office and workers’ quarters. 

“A total of 1,000 workers will be needed, of which 20 per cent would be skilled workers, while the rest are semi-skilled workers and individuals qualified in related fields,” he said. 

Micheal said six main ingredients are mixed to make clinker before being processed into cement. 

“All the mineral materials have a density in the proposed mine area. Among them are limestone, coal, clay, sandstone and shale. 

“Only one material, gypsum, will be imported from Indonesia. Only 10 per cent of the mixture is needed to produce cement,” he said. 

Micheal said the plant would be equipped with hi-tech machines and digitally controlled. Stone Roller Conveyer will be used along 300 metres from the mine to the cement processing plant. 

A health clinic would be built in Kg Kawayoi in addition to upgrading the surau and church in the nearby area. 

The proposed project is implemented by Setia Alam Sdn Bhd in collaboration with Sabah Economic Development Corporation (Sedco) through the investment of a China-based company, Sinoma Berhad. 

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