Cheaper gas for two Balingian villages by 2022 – Assemblyman

KUCHING: Two villages in Balingian, Mukah in central Sarawak can expect to pay lesser for domestic gas in two years’ time when the first biogas supply plant begins its operation.

Lesser by how much? According to Balingian assemblyman, Abdul Yakub Arbi, it would be just a fraction of what the folks would have to fork out to get liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in cylinder tanks.

“The biogas will be supplied by pipelines, just like how LPG is being supplied in most areas in Miri (a city in northern Sarawak) where the consumers pay around RM4 to RM5 per month, compared to paying about RM30 for a tank (of LPG),” he told Bernama today.

Abdul Yakub said he had recently attended a briefing by Craun Research Sdn Bhd, a state-owned company which is currently working on the project to supply biogas via pipelines for domestic use at Kampung Teh and Kampung Tabo.

“It will also be the first of its kind in the world where sago starch waste is used to produce biogas for domestic supply,” he said.

Abdul Yakub said the biogas supply project was approved by the state government in March this year and came as another stage of endeavour for Craun Research, which had been entrusted to find an integrated solution to end environmental pollution due to sago starch processing activities in Balingian.

He said the company had commissioned a pioneer plant for sago liquid waste treatment there which was launched by Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in November last year.

“This project has not only solved the environmental issue caused by sago processing activities but eventually, it will provide a cheaper alternative for people in the area to get gas supply for their homes,” he added.