Sarawak Metro awards RM1.425 billion global contract for Kuching urban transport system

Mazli (second from left) introduces the LoA to Syahrir Iman. Also seen from left to right are Abdul Aziz, Lee, Chan and Fan.

KUCHING (July 20): Sarawak Metro Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), has reached a new milestone with the award of the contract for Batch 1 of the Kuching Urban Transport System Project ( KUTS).

Sarawak Metro handed over the Letter of Award (LoA) for the contract to EPR Mobilus GR JV Sdn Bhd at a ceremony held on July 18, attended by Transport Minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin, who represented Prime Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“With our aspiration to have a sustainable public transportation solution that also tackles the issues of climate change, that’s why we have with us these companies collaborating to bring us the first autonomous hydrogen fuel cell-powered rapid transit system. in the world,” said Abang Johari. in a speech read by Lee.

The Prime Minister explained that the System Package 1 contract, valued at RM1.425 billion, involves the supply of the rolling stock, namely the hydrogen-powered Autonomous Rapid Transport (ART) vehicles, depot equipment and maintenance vehicles (DEMV), Automatic Signaling and Control System (S&CS) and Automatic Platform Door (APG).

Abang Johari pointed out that this recent milestone achieved by Sarawak Metro is also a very significant achievement for China, as the home country of the ART system provider.

“I also see this as an opportunity to strengthen the already close bilateral economic relationship between Malaysia – via Sarawak – and China.”

He also said that Sarawak is taking a step forward as the propulsion system of the Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) will be powered by hydrogen, in line with Sarawak’s green hydrogen program and the development of the fuel economy. hydrogen in Sarawak.

“Just as we are pioneers in developing our digital economy, we are pioneers in the hydrogen economy. And the application of hydrogen to transform our public transport system is further testimony to our commitment to further improving Sarawak’s socio-economy.

The Prime Minister was pleased that the System 1 contractor has also pledged to add value to the KUTS project through the Sarawak Metro Socio-Economic Development (SEED) program to develop human capital and the supply chain, to ensure the sustainability and long-term success of ART operations.

“I sincerely hope that through such initiatives, a new generation of young Sarawakians will be able to acquire new knowledge and skills to play a meaningful role in this new industry, namely a modern and green public transport sector.

“With the creation of a pool of skilled labor in this sector, I am confident that in the future, these Sarawakians will not only contribute to Sarawak’s industry, but they will also be sought after by developers and operators of public transport systems in all cities. on the country and the region,” he said, adding that there are vast opportunities to tap into the regional market potential created by the adoption of ART for KUTS.

He announced that regarding consideration of other long-term potentials for Kuching’s urban transport system, the government has recently approved Sarawak Metro’s proposal for ART alignment for Phase 1 of the project. KUTS, which will now include a new line to the Santubong Peninsula. .

Among other considerations, the alignment examines future development plans for the Santubong Peninsula and the region’s great growth potential with the tourism and leisure sector as the main catalyst.

“And I am pleased to report that although this new alignment is approximately 20 kilometers longer than that previously proposed by Sarawak Metro, we have managed to keep the overall cost of the project below RM6 billion, thanks to the Sarawak Metro’s ongoing value engineering initiative.

“I know that Sarawak Metro also continues to plan future ART routes for Greater Kuching under the KUTS project, as well as other alignments that could potentially create significant socio-economic benefits for the people of Sarawak,” said the prime minister.

In his welcome speech, SEDC Chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain described the awarding of the LoA not only as the start of the development of the KUTS project, but also as the transformation of Sarawak’s public transport system. .

“With this agreement signed between Sarawak Metro and EPR Mobilus GR JV Sdn Bhd, we are witnessing the start of the development of an entirely new mode of environmentally friendly public transport, namely our hydrogen fuel cell ART,” said said Abdul Aziz.

He explained that the KUTS project is moving in the right direction and pointed out that July 18 also marked another milestone with the closing of the System Package 2 tender, which was for telecommunications, supervisory control and data acquisition, automatic fare collection, computerized maintenance management. system, operation control center and information technology system.

“We look forward to sharing more good news on the development of our KUTS project in the coming weeks and months, but in the meantime, rest assured that the Sarawak Metro team is working tirelessly to bring this project to fruition” , said Abdul Aziz.

At the event, Sarawak Metro Managing Director Mazli Mustaffa presented the LoA to EPR Mobilus GR JV Sdn Bhd Directors Syahrir Iman Suib, Chan Chee Kian and Wilson Fan.

For the System Package 1 contract, EPR Mobilus GR JV Sdn Bhd – a joint venture between EPR (Kuching) Sdn Bhd, Mobilus Sdn Bhd and Global Rail Sdn Bhd – is working with CRRC Zhuzhou Institute Company Limited and CIMC-Hexagon Hydrogen Energy Systems Limited (suppliers hydrogen ART vehicles); Thales (supplier of the signaling and control system); Fangda Innotech Company Limited (automatic dock door supplier); as well as DOM Industries (M) Sdn Bhd and CRRC Zhuzhou Institute Company Limited (supplier of depot equipment and maintenance vehicles).

At the same event, Sarawak Metro also exchanged MoU documents with Ibraco Bhd and Peranan Makmur Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Naim Holdings Bhd, for collaborations to develop ART stations near their property developments, at namely The NorthBank and Kuching Paragon, respectively.

Mazli represented Sarawak Metro for the exchange of MoU documents, with Ibraco represented by Group Managing Director Datuk Chew Chiaw Han and Peranan Makmur represented by Group Director Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai.

Among those present at the event were the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kuching Xing WeiPing, members of the Sarawak Metro Board of Directors and business associates.

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