SHAH ALAM: Despite the apparent softness in the oil and gas and ship-building industries in Malaysia and the region, public listed Muhibbah Engineering (M) Bhd is building a new maritime hub in the East Coast, specifically, Kuantan, the capital of Pahang.
In a filing with Bursa Malaysia on Monday, Muhibbah Engineering announced it was buying a piece of land in Kuantan for the maritime hub.
According to the filing, the company had entered into an agreement with Perbadanan Setiausaha Kerajaan Pahang for the proposed acquisition of a land in Kuantan, Pahang, for RM26.45 million.
Muhibbah Engineering said the land would be developed into the Kuantan Maritime Hub over 10 years.
The proposed acquisition would be funded with internal funds and there are no liabilities including contingent liabilities and guarantees to be assumed from the proposed acquisition.
“The proposed acquisition provides an opportunity for the MEB group to develop industrial activities for ship building and ship repairs and major fabrication offshore structure.
“This will enlarge the group’s maritime and fabrication to enhance the future performance of the group,” it said.
Apart from high end construction services and engineering, Muhibbah has diversified to include steel fabrication for land and marine construction, specialising in infrastructure for the oil and gas industry as well as crane manufacturing.
And it appears with the Kuantan maritime hub, Muhibbah is poised to enter ship-building in a big time in the near future. One has to wonder whether the ship-building will involved projects belonging to the RMN and MMEA and PDRM as well.
Previously there were plans to build missile corvettes for the RMN but that was supposed to be in a new port in Pekan. That plan however have gone cold.
In the past, Terengganu was supposed to be the ship-building hub for the East Coast, spearheaded by the MSET Shipbuilding Corporation Sdn Bhd. It has been supplying patrol boats, RHIBs and other small vessels to government agencies including the RMN and police but had failed to move beyond those. They have build survey and hydro-graphic vessels but not for naval or security applications however.
Apart from MSET, there is also the Geliga shipyard which also do refit work for RMN, police and MMEA vessels.
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