SEDC Energy, MOBILUS partner up to fuel autonomous rapid transit system with hydrogen

Robert (third left) along with the other signatories during the MoU ceremony witnessed by Abdul Hadi (standing, second right) and Lai (standing, second left).

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, April 26: SEDC Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MOBILUS Sdn Bhd (MOBILUS) and EPR Mobilus Global Rail JV SDN BHD (EMGJV) to supply hydrogen for the Autonomous Rapid Transit (ART) system.

The MoU was signed by SEDCE chief executive officer (CEO) Robert Hardin, and MOBILUS CEO Chan Chee Kian, in the presence of SEDC general manager Datu Abdul Hadi Abdul Kadir, and MOBILUS chairperson Monica Lai.


This collaboration, according to a media release today, aligns with the Sarawak government’s vision to promote the use of new and clean energy for urban public transportation, particularly within the framework of the Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS) project.

The adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology for ART contributes to KUTS’ goal of reducing urban traffic congestion and stimulating productivity and economic growth.

Within the KUTS project, MOBILUS Sdn Bhd is responsible for the design, engineering, comprehensive testing, and commissioning of the ART system, while SEDCE will supply hydrogen to power the ART vehicles.

SEDCE is actively participating in the energy transition towards a sustainable future, in line with the Post-Covid Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 and National Energy Transition Roadmap (NETR). Through innovative energy solutions and strategic partnerships, SEDCE aims to foster economic growth and environmental sustainability.

Robert emphasised the significance of KUTS’ success in delivering cleaner transportation for the community and Sarawak, marking a proud achievement for SEDCE in advancing clean energy initiatives.

“This is another proud moment for SEDCE in the new and clean energy in Sarawak. Our efforts today, despite challenges, will define tomorrow and the generations to come,” he said in the statement.

Lai expressed confident that the collaboration’s ability to enhance testing and commissioning efforts for KUTS while also driving future advancements in hydrogen technology within the region.

“Together, we are proud to be at the forefront of innovation, driving positive change and shaping the future of urban transportation in Sarawak, Malaysia and beyond,” she remarked.

Earlier this year, on Feb 26, SEDCE signed a MoU with Sarawak Metro, the implementing body of KUTS. Under this agreement, SEDCE assumes responsibility for the development, construction, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of the Rembus H2 plant and refueling facility, along with related products and materials for the ART system. — DayakDaily