The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE)
The concept of Regional Corridor Development, as encapsulated in the Ninth Malaysia Plan (2006-2010) and the National Mission (2006-2015) is one of the strategies formulated by the Malaysian Government to achieve balanced development within the nation.
The Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), is one of the five regional development corridors being developed throughout the country. SCORE is a major initiative undertaken to develop the Central Region and transform Sarawak into a developed State by the year 2020 and beyond. It aims to achieve the goals of accelerating the State’s economic growth and development, as well as improving the quality of life for the people of Sarawak.
The Corridor is located within the Central Region of Sarawak, stretching for 320 km along the coast from Tanjung Manis to Samalaju and extending into the surrounding areas and the hinterland. SCORE covers an area of approximately 70,000 sq km, with a population of 607,800 people. The major urban centres within the Corridor are Sibu, Bintulu, Mukah and Kapit.
The core of the Corridor is its energy resources (28,000 MW), particularly hydropower (20,000 MW), coal (5,000 MW), and others (3,000 MW).
This will allow Sarawak to price its energy competitively and encourage investments in power generation and energy-intensive industries that will act as triggers for the development of a vibrant industrial development in the corridor.
Major Growth Nodes
- Tanjung Manis
The five New Growth Nodes have been selected with the aim of focusing investment efforts within the Corridor.
These New Growth Nodes is a key element of the corridor’s strategic development plan. The Mukah Node will be developed into a Smart City, and will serve as the nerve centre for the corridor.
The Tanjung Manis Node will be developed into an Industrial Port City and Halal Hub. The Samalaju Node will become the new Heavy Industry Centre, whereas Baram and Tunoh will focus on tourism and resource based industries.
The corridor Secondary Growth Centres, such as Semop, Balingian, Selangau, Samarakan, Bakun and Ng. Merit also stand to benefit greatly from spatial development of the entire region, and the development of these New Growth Nodes.
SCORE PROJECTED TOTAL INVESTMENT
The distribution of investment is RM267 billion (80%) in industries and power while RM67 billion (20%) in physical infrastructure, human capital and institutional infrastructure.
|New industrial and economic activities in the corridor will create direct and indirect jobs at various skill levels. Estimates of manpower demand for various industries that were studied, and estimates of indirect jobs indicate that a total of 836,000 jobs will be created in the corridor by 2030.