KUCHING: A RM600mil Bintulu-Samalaju gas pipeline will be built to boost gas supplies to energy-intensive industries in Samalaju Industrial Park, Bintulu.

The 70km-long project is currently in the design stage which is expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2023, according to Sarawak Utilities and Telecommunications Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi.

He said the project, which is expected to be completed by 2025, will increase the distribution of gas supply to users in Samalaju Industrial Park and to the combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power station that is now under construction in Tanjung Kidurong.

The CCGT power station, meanwhile, is expected to add 842MW to the state’s grid.