Tuesday, May 28

Sarawak Metro Awards RM570 Million Tender for Groundbreaking Hydrogen-Powered Rapid Transit Line

In a groundbreaking move, Sarawak Metro, the urban transit company in the state, has granted a substantial tender worth nearly RM570 million.

The contract is for the construction of infrastructure for a revolutionary 15km-long autonomous rapid transit line, featuring tram-like electric vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel.

The prestigious project, a key component of the Kuching urban transport system initiative, has been assigned to a joint venture company formed by Ibraco Construction Sdn Bhd, China Railway Engineering Corporation (M) Sdn Bhd, and Nanyang Tunnel Engineering Sdn Bhd.

The scope of the project involves constructing infrastructure for the Blue Line, spanning from a depot in Rembus, Kota Samarahan, to Stutong in Kuching.

This route will parallel the Kuching-Samarahan Expressway, featuring the construction of seven stations and a bridge across Sungai Kuap, as reported by Sarawak Metro in a Borneo Post article.

As part of Phase 1 of the Kuching transport system, two additional lines will be established: a Red Line (from Kuching Sentral to Pending) and a Green Line (from Pending to Damai Central).

According to Sarawak Metro’s announcement in August, Phase 1 is slated for completion by 2027.

The autonomous rapid transit line is a pioneering venture utilizing articulated electric vehicles operating autonomously on designated road lanes.

Fueled by hydrogen fuel cells to ensure zero emissions, these rubber-tired vehicles are expected to accommodate 300 passengers while reaching speeds of up to 70 km/h.

To complement the innovative transit services, a network of hydrogen-powered feeder buses will also be introduced.

This initiative underscores Sarawak’s commitment to cutting-edge and sustainable urban transportation, setting the stage for a transformative leap in transit infrastructure and environmental responsibility.

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