Joint venture company wins contract for System Package 1 KUTS Project to improve mobility in Greater Kuching

An artistic impression of the KUTS project to improve mobility in Greater Kuching. Photo credit: Sarawak Metro's Facebook page

KUCHING, June 17: A joint venture company comprising EPR (Kuching) Sdn Bhd, Global Rail Sdn Bhd and Mobilus Sdn Bhd, has won the tender for System Package 1 of the Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS) Project.

Announcing this today through a media release, Sarawak Metro said the System Package 1 of the KUTS Project involves the supply of the rolling stock, which is the hydrogen-powered Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) vehicles, depot equipment and maintenance vehicles (DEMV), signalling and control system (S&CS), and the automatic platform gate (APG).

The joint venture was one of two companies that had submitted their bids to Sarawak Metro at the close of the tender period on March 31 this year.

Congratulating the joint venture company on the successful tender bid, Sarawak Metro’s chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain said this marked another significant milestone in the development of the project, which aimed to modernise Sarawak’s public transportation system through environmentally-sustainable solutions.

He also reminded the winning bidder to be a responsible and accountable partner for Sarawak Metro in implementing the KUTS Project and provide its full commitment towards improving mobility in Greater Kuching.

“The development of the KUTS Project will be a game-changer, not only in modernising public transport, but also in improving both the socio-economic and social mobility of the people, particularly in Kuching and the nearby towns and Sarawak Metro is committed to seeing the success of this project.

“The development of the KUTS Project is in line with the Sarawak government’s initiative to advance the hydrogen economy agenda in addressing the global issue of climate change and it is also an important part of efforts towards decarbonising public transportation in Sarawak,” he said in the statement.

Sarawak Metro is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and has been entrusted to implement the KUTS Project.

Passenger service for the ART is scheduled to be introduced in stages, starting from the fourth quarter of 2025, with full completion of Phase 1 of the project scheduled by 2027. — DayakDaily