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KLIP in Melaka to be a state-of-the-art green port

KLIP in Melaka to be a state-of-the-art green port

09 Feb 2024

THE Kuala Linggi International Port (KLIP) project in Melaka is underway with the construction of its state-of-the-art port facility – signifying a monumental leap towards becoming a pivotal hub for international trade and commerce.

Scheduled for completion in 42 months, KLIP’s vision is to transform Kuala Sungai Linggi into a green global industrial hub for energy source, port and maritime services.

The private port’s aim is to foster economic growth, enhance regional connectivity, and position Malaysia as a key player in the global maritime landscape.

The development plan includes the construction of tank storage, shipyard, heavy industry fabrication yard, hard standing cargo handling area, wharfs and warehousing facilities – with an estimated cost of RM15bil.

KLIP has also entered a RM760mil contract with China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd. This project incurs a total reclamation cost of RM1.39bil on the 251ha island.

With a gross development cost estimated at RM15bil and a gross development value projected to be worth RM100bil, KLIP is poised to generate a substantial gross national income via foreign exchange earnings from foreign projects and gross domestic product from local industries.

KLIP aims to redefine port facility standards by incorporating cutting-edge technology, sustainable practices, and efficient logistics solutions.

The strategic location along the Straits of Malacca places KLIP at the crossroads of major shipping routes – establishing a crucial link for international trade between Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh graced the groundbreaking ceremony on Jan 23, together with dignitaries, government officials, industry leaders, and stakeholders.

“We are not just building a port; we are constructing a symbol of progress, collaboration and innovation in the maritime ecosystem that stimulates economic development and creates opportunities for future generations,” said KLIP executive chairman Tan Sri Dr Noormustafa Kamal Yahya at the event.

He emphasised KLIP’s commitment to “the highest standards of environmental conservation initiatives and sustainability – aligning with global efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of maritime operations.”

Thanking the federal and state governments, local communities and business partners for their support, he described the groundbreaking event as a historic milestone for Kuala Linggi International Port, “a significant step forward in our mission to become a world-class maritime hub.”

KLIP’s state-of-the-art facilities will provide tank storage for liquid bulk cargoes, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), as well as dedicated areas for ship maintenance, repair and overhaul.

The port is set to implement advanced technologies such as green energy, smart logistics systems, and real-time tracking to optimise operational efficiency and reduce turnaround times.

This project is expected to create up to 10,000 skilled job opportunities and contribute towards social community development.

Upon completion by 2027, KLIP’s construction phase is poised to become a catalyst for economic growth, trade expansion, and technological innovation in the region.

Source: The Star