Azam Sehasrat, IJM, Unique Deco win RM260 mln contract for Rembus Depot as part of Kuching Urban Transportation System

Mazli (fifth right) presenting the Letter of Award to Kimchong, witnessed by other representatives of the JV company and Sarawak Metro's senior management team.

KUCHING: Sarawak Metro Sdn Bhd (Sarawak Metro) has awarded the contract for the Rembus Depot construction, valued at RM260 million, to a joint venture (JV) company, comprised of Azam Sehasrat Sdn Bhd, IJM Construction Sdn Bhd and Unique Deco Sdn Bhd.

In a media release today, Sarawak Metro said the JV company’s winning bid was among the 12 submissions received at the close of the tender exercise in July this year.

In a ceremony recently, Sarawak Metro chief executive officer (CEO) Ts Mazli Mustaffa presented the Letter of Award to one of the directors of Azam Sehasrat Kimchong Andrew Jikie along with the representatives of the JV company.

The contract is for the construction and completion of the Rembus Depot and other associated works that include construction of all depot buildings and associated structures, stabling yard, detention pond, access road as well as civil works.

The JV company is expected commence work next month and scheduled to complete by Dec 2025.

The construction of the Rembus Depot is part of the Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS) project, which Sarawak Metro, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), has been entrusted to develop, operate, and maintain.

The KUTS project, which is under the purview of the Ministry of Transport Sarawak, is being developed in phases with Phase 1 consisting of the Blue Line, the Red Line and the Green Line.

The Blue Line will be from Rembus in Kota Samarahan to Hikmah Exchange in the city centre; the Red Line, from Kuching Sentral to Pending; and the Green Line, from Pending to Damai.

Covering a total distance of 70 kilometres, Phase 1 of the KUTS project is scheduled to begin passenger service in stages; starting from the fourth quarter of 2025 and expected to complete by end of 2027.

The backbone of the KUTS project is the Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) and this will be supported by the feeder bus network.

Both vehicles will be powered by green hydrogen, in support of Sarawak’s decarbonisation efforts and in line with Sarawak’s agenda to advance the hydrogen economy. — DayakDaily