The Port Klang Authority (PKA) in Malaysia has revealed that they plan to develop and build a new terminal on the nearby island of Pulau Carey.
The terminal complex is set to cost around USD $44.5 billion and cover and area of 100sq km. The project also envisions a port that will be capable of handling 30 million TEU of container cargo annually.
In an interview with The Star, the Chairman of the PKA, Mr Kong Cho Ha, said: “The whole of Port Klang is very congested now, and the ports are reaching maximum capacity. So we need to build another deep-sea port and develop capacity now to cater for our needs and growth”.
According to Mr. Kong, who is also Chairman of the nearby Malacca Port Authority, the 20-year project will comprise the development of an integrated port and related infrastructure, industrial parks and free trade zones, commercial and residential buildings. Mr. Kong also claimed that the new project is essential if Malaysia want to compete with Singapore for container trade.
Expansion plans are also taking place at Kuala Linggi International Port in Malacca, where there will be a focus on the oil and gas industry.
Last August (2016), the Malaysian Port of Tanjung Pelepas was rocked by a 70 tonne oil spill.