Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Bintulu :The gas town

Bintulu is a coastal town in the northern region of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, Borneo. It has the world's single largest natural gas processing plant which is owned by Malaysia Liquified Natural Gas (MLNG), a subsidiary of the government-owned oil corporation Petronas. The main economic activities of Bintulu are centered on the oil and gas industry and the Bintulu Port which is Malaysia's second largest port.Until March 2003, Bintulu had an airport which was located right in the middle of the town. The town is also known for its shrimp paste or belacan. Most families make their own shrimp paste during the shrimp season. There are five secondary schools in Bintulu - SMK Bintulu, SMK Bandar, SMK Kidurong and a Chinese independent school.Bintulu town is a centre of Bintulu Division, situated in the northwestern part of the State of Sarawak. From a quiet fishing village in 1970s, today, Bintulu town has transformed itself into a bustling industrial centre hosting multi-billion ringgit investments. The population of Bintulu town increased dramatically from 25,000 in 1970’s to 102,761 in 2000.


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