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88300 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
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Last Update: 18 Oct 2019


Study to Formulate A Biomass Policy For Sabah - Final Report

Sabah is a ‘green state’, 65% of the land is forested and another 20% is covered with plantation crops making a total of 85% under foliage. Forest cum timber industries and the plantation crops are expected to contribute a major portion of the biomass in Sabah.  When a tree is harvested, approximately 42% of wastes consisting of stumps, top logs, branches and offcuts are left as forest residues on the forest floor as it is not economical to cart these forest residues from the harvested areas. The other 52% of timber harvests are transferred out from the forests as feedstocks for plywood mills, sawmills or exported as round logs.

Oil palms occupy 1.39 million hectares of land in Sabah and generate an estimated massive volume of 89.6 million MT in 2009 with Biomass from oil palm plantations taking the lion’s share of 60.5 million MT ( or 67% of total). Oil palm industry produces a greater volume of biomass than its input of fresh fruit bunches (‘FFB’) due to the use of water in CPO processing which wets and gives additional weight to the resultant biomass.

The study also covers a vast topics on biomass industry in Sabah as below:

Biomass by products ;
Future of biomass in Sabah ;
Infrastructure required to prosper the biomass industry ;
Proposed collection Centre ;
Pricing mechanism ;
Incentives for biomass industry ;
Pollution control ; and
Issues affecting the development of biomass industry in Sabah

No. of Page: 366 pages
Price: RM200.00
Book Cover/Type: Hard Cover
Language: English

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Study of the Development of Ship Building & Ship Repair in Sabah

The Ministry of Industrial Development (MID) has commissioned this study to determine Sabah's current Shipbuilding and Ship Repair (SBSR) status, its potential for development and recommendations for approaching it.
Shipbuilding and Ship Repair, as referred to in this report, takes into account the design, labour, manufacturing processes, infrastructure, repair facilities and suppliers involved in the construction, conversion and repair of ships. The sizes and types of vessels built and repaired worldwide vary considerably, ranging from small, low-technology fishing boats to sophisticated offshore supply vessels (OSVs) and large tankers. However, a review of SBSR in various countries points to six common practical requirements for the industry.
No. of Page: 131 pages
Price: RM200.00
Book Cover/Type: Hard Cover
Language: English

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Study to address the Problem of High Cost of Logistics Expenses in Sabah

The high cost of shipping faced by Sabah has persistently been cited by the state's business community as a major contributing factor to the high cost of doing business in the state. The state's business community, particularly the Federation of Sabah Manufacturers' Association, puts the blame on the cabotage policy as the main cause of Sabah's high cost of shipping. Recently, a number of Sabah's political personalities had come out with statements calling for the abolishment of the cabotage policy. The Malaysian Ship Owners Association (MASA) however disagree with the call to abolish the policy, arguing that the cabotage policy is not the cause of high shipping cost faced by Sabah but because of factors such as the lack of volume of finished products exported from the state and the low productivity of the ports in Sabah.
The Ministry of Industrial Development (MID) believes that only an independent and in depth study would be able to address the issue objectively. MID is also of the opinion that the study should not only be focused on the issue of shipping transportation but also to include analysing the entire logistics industry in the state.
No. of Page: 202 pages
Price: RM200.00
Book Cover/Type: Hard Cover
Language: English

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Study of the Development of Non-Metallic Mineral (Silica Sand) Based Industry in Sabah

There are abundant occurrences of non-metallic minerals in Sabah.  Nevertheless, the known commercially applicable minerals are essentially presently restricted, and in Sabah these basically include silica sand, limestone, clay, coal and the construction aggregates.
No. of Page: 389 pages
Price: RM200.00
Book Cover/Type: Hard Cover
Language: English

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For further information, please contact the following:


Mr. Wong Hock Vui - Principal Assistant Director, Tel: 088-216126, HP: 012-8415963, Fax: 088-257814
Mdm. Siti Nur'Ain Abdullah - Asst. Economics Affairs Officer, Tel: 088-225950, HP: 014-6599980, Fax: 088-257814
Mr. Mohammad Affendy Abdullah Minun - Asst. Economic Affairs Officer, Tel: 088-231204, Fax: 088-257814

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