JCorp investing RM500mil in phase two of port expansion


PASIR GUDANG: Johor Corp (JCorp) will be investing RM500mil under the second phase of the Tanjung Langsat Port expansion plan this year, said chief executive officer Tan Sri Muhammad Ali Hashim.

Two new berths measuring 500m each dedicated to the handling of general cargo would be built at the port, he said.

“It is necessary to further expand and upgrade facilities at the port to accommodate the needs of existing investors and to attract potential ones,” Ali told reporters after presenting awards to athletes of the Johor Yachting Association on Saturday.

JCorp is the parent company of port operator Tanjung Langsat Sdn Bhd (TLSB) and TMP Technopark Sdn Bhd, which is developing the 1,400ha Tanjung Langsat industrial estate.

Since 2000, TLSB has invested RM500mil in the port, equipping it with machinery to handle liquid petroleum cargo and other hazardous chemicals and building storage facilities.

Ali said the port was originally built to handle liquid petroleum-related cargo, not general or dry cargo. “However, we have to make some changes to include berths for handling general cargo as there is demand for such facilities here,” he said, adding that the port would have between 12 and 14 berths under the port’s long-term expansion plan.

Ali said to date, there were 21 local and foreign companies operating in the industrial estate with a combined total investment of RM10bil including infrastructure.

He said although the outlook for the global economy was uncertain, there remained opportunities in niche segments such as the petrochemicals industry.

JCorp will be targeting more investors from the Middle East and will join a trade delegation to the United Arab Emirates later this month, according to Ali. He said that the Middle East investors he met on his trips to the Gulf States recently had expressed their commitment to invest more in Malaysia.

“They did not want to take any more risk by putting their monies in Europe and the United States unlike before and now most of them see Malaysia as a safe haven for their investments,” he said.

By ZAZALI MUSA

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