DARO: The Daro area has potential to be a green economic hub due to its geographical location which is suitable for algae cultivation, said Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said a pilot project on algae cultivation would be implemented by the Rajang Delta Development Agency (RADDA).
“If the pilot project in Bintulu and Gedong to produce biofuel from algae is successful, Daro will be the next area that is suitable for algae cultivation due to the mangrove plants, sunlight and salt water found here.
“But we have to wait for the success of our resource centre first so that we know how much it costs and then we can study the cost implications when we bring in the development of algae,” he said in a press conference after the launching of Rumah Spektra Permata Kampung Badong and Daro Sport Complex here today.
Abang Johari said he would bring in experts to study on this effort because theoretically 1000 acres of algae could produce 20,000 barrels of oil.
Therefore, he said the production of biofuel from algae is a renewable energy and is in line with Sarawak’s development approach towards a green economy and this area has the potential to become a green economy hub.
“Thus this effort will be a source of economy and great return to the population and will be done later depending on its scientific research.
“But I believe it can be developed and if successful, Sarawak has brighter potential in the field of renewable energy,” he said.
Meanwhile, a total of 28 units of Rumah Spektra Permata Project (RSP) will be built in Badong under the Village Expansion Scheme (SPK) by the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) with a total allocation of RM36.5 million
Abang Johari also declared open the Daro Sports Complex which was upgraded at a cost of RM3.3 million.
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