Sand mining study to be finished in August

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A GEOLOGICAL study and valuation of the Sg Paku sand mining area is nearing completion.

According to Minister of Development Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin Abdullah, the work is being carried out by a company with an initial contract of $2.1 million.

The contract began on March 13, 2014 and will be completed by August 25 this year.

The Sg Paku area in Mukim Telisai, Tutong includes the 110-hectare Sungai Paku Engineered Landfill waste management facility which was completed in 2012 at a cost of $66.5 million.

The purpose of the survey is to prepare a valuation of the reserves of sand sources in the area, said the minister during yesterday’s meeting of the 12th Legislative Council.

Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Bahrin added that the results of the study will only be submitted by authorities to the Ministry of Development (MoD) at the end of the term of the contract.

He said the MoD currently doesn’t have any plans for the area as they are still awaiting the results of the study, although he did mention that there have been ideas at this stage for the area to be used as a place to store construction material, in particular sand.

He also said that planting of trees in the area as suggested by LegCo member Yang Berhormat Hj Ramli Hj Lahit will be studied.

It was reported in 2011 that Sg Paku’s future to remain a site for sand mining was being considered by the MoD as the sustainability of operations and environmental degradation issues prompted the authorities to possibly look elsewhere in the country for the resource.

Then Development Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Suyoi Hj Osman said sand was vital in construction and the country’s development as it is among the components used to make concrete.

The Brunei Times