COMPANIES are invited to register by June 28 for a tender to supply a fleet of rubber-tyred hydrogen-powered trains for the two-line light metro under construction in Kuching in the Malaysian province of Sarawak.

Each train will have a minimum crush-load capacity for 300 passengers. The trains will be powered primarily by on-board hydrogen fuel cells with enough storage capacity for one refuelling per day.

The trains will be guided using an optical system and will operate at Grade of Automation 2 (GoA 2) with the potential to upgrade the system to a higher level of automation. The trains will have a minimum service life of 25 years, but preferably 30 years.

Map showing the planned Kuching light metro network.

Sarawak Metro is responsible for the project which comprises an X-shaped network of two lines consisting of the Samarahan Line, which is due to open in 2025, followed by the Serian Line a year later. Extensions are planned at each end of both lines as well as a third line in the city centre.

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