Niras Consulting signs septic sludge treatment deal in Malaysia

Danish waste management firm Niras Consulting Engineers and Planners A/S on April 10 signed an MYR-15-million contract with Sar-Alam Indah Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of Weida (M) Bhd., to undertake the integration of a sludge digester or biogas plant facilities into the Matang septic sludge treatment plant in Kuching, Sarawak.
     The memorandum of understanding was penned by Niras’ top executive Heanng Laudreson and Sar-Alam chairman Datuk Dr. Stalin Hardin. Danish Ambassador to Malaysia Lasse Reimann and Sarawak Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk William Mawan Ikom also witnessed the ceremony.
     Sar-Alam Indah is managing the MYR-16.8-million Matang septic sludge treatment plant that is owned by state-owned Sarawak Inc Sdn Bhd. The plant treats sludge from some 65,000 septic tanks in Kuching.
     According to Sar-Alam, the project is expected to be completed in two years. Upon completion, the biogas plant, the first in Sarawak, will be able to improve the treatment of the septic sludge and provide treatment of new wastes like oil and grease from restaurants and eateries, organic waste from abattoirs and food processing factories as well as livestock manures.
     The Matang treatment plant has the capacity to treat up to 18,000 cubic metres of sludge a year.
     The Malaysian government has made it a must for all septic tanks to be desludged from January 1. This is to prevent the discharge of the sludge into Sarawak River, which provides the city’s drinking water.

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