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RM300M More for Pekan Oil and Gas Park

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PEKAN: Another RM300 million will be allocated under the 10th Malaysia Plan to support the development of the Tanjong Agas Oil & Gas and Logistics Industrial Park (Taoglip) near here.
The allocation will be used for the construction of external infrastructure, including a dedicated dual-carriageway and other facilities that will support the private-driven project.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the government had allocated RM150 million through its stimulus programme last year to help the State Development Corporation provide the main infrastructure for the RM3 billion project.
On Nov 30, Najib had unveiled Taoglip as one of nine development and entry-point projects under the Economic Transformation Programme, which involves investments of more than RM8.2 billion.
Taoglip will help transform Malaysia into a regional oil and gas hub and serve as a one-stop centre for the rapidly growing regional upstream and downstream activities for the industry.
Najib said the construction of the Tanjung Agas Integrated Common User Supply Base, the key component of Taoglip, would also provide a key platform to provide services for offshore oil and gas exploration, and production activities in the South China Sea. 
"In addition to its role in attracting investments and business from the oil and gas industry, this project will also create more than 2,000 new jobs.
"It will also establish an infrastructure that can foster entrepreneurial opportunities for Malaysians," he said at the groundbreaking for the supply base, performed by Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah yesterday.
Present were Tengku Mahkota of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Tengku Muda of Pahang Tengku Abdul Rahman, who is the chairman of Tanjong Agas Supply Base and Marine Services Sdn Bhd (TASBMS) developing Taoglip.
The supply base will be built, owned and managed by Tg Agas Oilfields Supply Centre Sdn Bhd, a joint venture between TASBMS and Oilfields Supply Centre Ltd of Dubai.
Najib said the supply base was expected to be ready by 2013 with fabrication yards, a shipyard and a crude oil and petroleum storage terminal.
Four companies have already committed to begin construction of their facilities in the supply base area.
They are Kintera Sdn Bhd (liquefied petroleum gas storage and related services); Komas Energy Sdn Bhd (fuel storage and oil spill response equipment); MKRS Group (M) Sdn Bhd (integrated fabrication and ship repair yard) and Tanjung Agas Technology-Pacnet (data centre and submarine cable landing station).
Later, at another function, Najib announced the setting up of five more vocational colleges under the 10MP.
He said one of the colleges would be here and would offer three subjects on automotive, gas and petroleum, and air mechanics.
He later presented RM200 and certificates to 451 pupils in Pekan who scored 5As in the recent Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR).
Najib, who is also Pekan member of parliament, had a surprise for two of the recipients. They were selected to get the MP's special awards of a laptop and RM500.
He said Khairun Nor Atiqah Mohd Zaidi, of SK Sri Biram, and Muhammad Faiq Zaiful Bahizan, of SK Ahmad, would be given the chance of selecting the school of their choice to continue their secondary education.
The duo were recently awarded the top two prizes in the national co-curriculum excellence awards in Sepang.

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