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Monday, March 9, 2009

SATS to unveil mega Senai project in Q2

The multi-billion ringgit development features residential, commercial properties, medical centres and high-tech park

SENAI Airport Terminal Services Sdn Bhd (SATS) will be launching the multi-billion ringgit Senai Aviation & Airport City mixed development project in the second quarter of the year.

Sited on 1,133.11ha beside the Senai International Airport, the project would be undertaken by SATS’ wholly-owned subsidiary Enigma Harmoni Sdn Bhd and comprise three main components, said deputy chief executive officer Shahrull Allam Abdul Halim.

Residential, commercial and hospitality amenities will be featured in the first component spanning 323.74ha while an air cargo logistics centre and high-tech park will occupy 404.68ha each.

The entire development would take about 10 years to complete.

Enigma Harmoni has received planning approval from the Kulai Municipal Council for the project which also includes a Customs Inspection Quarantine Complex (CIQ).

“We will launch the high-tech park first as this is a vital component of the entire development,’’ Shahrull said in an interview with StarBiz.

It will be the second high-tech park in the country after Kulim Hi-Tech Park in Kedah.

He said the investment in infrastructure was estimated at about RM1.2bil.

Other facilities will include private medical centres, international schools, premium hotels and duty-free shopping centres.

The high-tech park aims to attract investments in the avionics/aeronautics industry, information and communications technology industry including integrated circuit design, high-tech manufacturing, bio-medical and bio-technology, solar industry, food and agri-technology and environment including renewable energy.

He said among the companies and investors targeted were those in the pharmaceutical industry from Austria, Germany and Switzerland; oil and gas, and solar energy sectors in the United States; and Japan’s motor vehicle sector.

“It is a pre-requisite for companies operating in our park to have research and development (R&D) elements,’’ added Shahrull.

He said there would be a flagship building known as the knowledge centre where most of the R&D activities would be undertaken.

The building will incorporate collapsible office and laboratory incubator concepts where higher learning institutions could bring their undergraduates to undertake R&D studies or programmes with the companies or the industries.

Shahrull said it would collaborate with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia main campus in Skudai, Johor to participate in the university-industry R&D programmes.

He said SATS was looking at participation from China companies in the development and construction of Senai Aviation & Airport City.

Shahrull said it would collaborate with established high-tech park operators in China’s Pearl River Delta region to market the Senai park.

“Ours will probably be the first integrated high-tech park in the world connected to the airport. Similar parks like the ones in Frankfurt and Dubai are located several kilometres from the airport,’’ he said.

Opened in 1974, Senai Airport is managed by SATS which took over the operations of the airport from Malaysia Airport Holdings Bhd in 2003.

By The Star