Sarawak Metro awards RM448 mil contract to DOM-EEB JV

Sarawak Metro awards RM448 mil contract to DOM-EEB JV
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KUCHING (Nov 27): DOM-EEB Joint Venture (DOM-EEV JV) — a collaboration between DOM Industries (M) Sdn Bhd and China Railway Electric Engineering Group Malaysia Sdn Bhd — has won the tender for the System Package Two contract for the Kuching Urban Transportation System (KUTS) project phase one.

This was announced by Sarawak Economic Development Corp's wholly owned subsidiary Sarawak Metro Sdn Bhd, which has been entrusted to implement the KUTS project.

Sarawak Metro said DOM-EEB JV's bid was among the 10 tender submissions that it received at the close of the tender exercise on July 18.

"The contract is valued at RM448 million and involves the design, engineering, procurement, delivery, installation, testing, and commissioning as well as the handing over of various systems," it said in a statement.

These systems include telecommunications, supervisory control and data acquisition, automatic fare collection, computerised maintenance management system, operation control centre, and information technology system.

The KUTS project will be implemented in phases, starting with phase one for the development of the Blue, Red, and Green lines.

The Blue line will be from Rembus in Kota Samarahan to Hikmah Exchange in the Kuching city centre, covering a distance of 27.6 kilometres, while the Red line will run from Kuching Central to Pending (12.3 kilometres) and the Green line will be from Pending to Damai Central in Santubong (30 kilometres).

The backbone of the KUTS project is the introduction of the autonomous rapid transit (ART) vehicles, which would utilise hydrogen as fuel and be supported by a network of hydrogen-powered feeder buses that will provide the first-mile and last-mile connectivity for the transportation system.

Passenger service for the ART is scheduled to be introduced in stages, starting from the fourth quarter of 2025.

The System Package One contract for the KUTS project phase one was awarded on July 18 to a joint venture company owned by EPR (Kuching) Sdn Bhd, Global Rail Sdn Bhd, and Mobilus Sdn Bhd.

That contract is for the supply of the rolling stock, which is the hydrogen-powered ART vehicles, depot equipment and maintenance vehicles, signalling and control system, and the automatic platform gate.