$12 million to develop SPARK infrastructure
By Sonia K.

In its effort to facilitate the establishment of Sungai Liang Industrial Park (SPARK) as a globally competitive industrial hub, the Sungai Liang Authority (SLA) announced yesterday that His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has consented to a B$12 million investment towards the development of the infrastructure projects at SPARK.

A press release stated that the contract for the development of infrastructure projects, which includes the design, construction, commissioning, completion and maintenance of shared utilities at Section 1A of SPARK (as shown in the diagram on Page 2), has been awarded to a local contractor, Swee Sdn Bhd, through an open tender published in October last year.

The scope of work to be undertaken by Swee Sdn Bhd includes the development of a road network, to facilitate movement of vehicles in and around the SPARK site; surface water drainage system, to dispose of the surface water to the main storm water drainage system; ancillary works which include telecommunications exchange network, IT network, landscaping, firewater works and security system, such as fencing, gatehouses, CCTV and lighting; domestic wastewater works required for the collection, treatment and disposal of domestic wastewater from the service corridor around SPARK and the Zone Village; as well as power and water distribution systems which would be obtained from the national grid where applicable.

"The development of these infrastructure projects is in line with the SLA's mission and objectives to provide investors and tenants in SPARK with a cost-efficient single point access to the shared utilities for their commercial operations. This is also very important in our efforts to create a lucrative environment for investments, with a 'Home To Your Business' concept, providing opportunities and services that can create the perfect fit for our investors and the community through the high standards of industrial development at SPARK," said YAM Pengiran Kerma Raja Pengiran Haji Kamarulzaman, Chairman of SLA.

These infrastructure works at SPARK are expected to be completed by April 2010, in line with the commercial operation of the Methanol plant.

SPARK is strategically located on a 271-hectare site in Sungai Liang, right next to Brunei's well established oil and gas industry. It is being administered by the SLA, which was established on April 6, 2007 by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to provide a single point access of services and facilities within SPARK, so as to develop it into a globally competitive industrial hub. - Borneo Bulletin (14th May 2009)