About Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak
The origins of a planned trunk road connecting the expansive states of Sarawak and Sabah with Brunei in between date back to the 1960s when it was known as the Trans-Borneo Highway.
The impetus for improved road connectivity across Sabah and Sarawak grew in the ‘70s, leading to a plan by the Governments of Malaysia (both Federal and State), Brunei and Kalimantan Indonesia to develop further the idea of constructing a highway along the coastline of Borneo. It would be called the Pan Borneo Highway.
Fast forward 50 years later and Sarawak’s major trunk road system today is the Federal Route 1, part of the Pan Borneo Highway or Trans Borneo Highway, and part of the Asian Highway Network AH150. It is mainly a 2-lane single carriageway of JKR R3 standard design. Only 144 km (13%) of the trunk road from Sematan to Lawas is a 4-lane dual carriageway of JKR R5 standard. Travel across the vast state of Sarawak continues to be a long journey – up to 19 hours from Sematan to Miri currently on the 2-lane road.
To accelerate the socio-economic growth of Sabah and Sarawak, a major effort to fully develop and upgrade the Pan Borneo Highway was announced by Malaysia’s Prime Minister in April 2013 as part of the Government’s ‘AkuJanji’ promises to the Nation. This was followed by a commitment in the Budget 2015.
The Pan Borneo Highway was officially launched by the Prime Minister of Malaysia in Bintulu on 31 March 2015. Construction works along a 43 km stretch from the Nyabau to Bakun junctions began soon after. This marked the kick-off project for the Pan Borneo Highway, beginning with the Highway’s development in Sarawak.
When completed in mid-2021, the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak from Telok Melano to Merapok is expected to span a total distance of 1,060 km. The future 4-lane dual carriageway and toll-free Pan Borneo Highway is slated to be THE transportation backbone of the states of Sabah and Sarawak and will play a major role to open up economic corridors and opportunities in areas it traverses.
About Lebuhraya Borneo Utara
Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU) is the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) for the Pan Borneo Highway in the state of Sarawak. A home-grown Sarawak company based in Kuching, LBU consists of a team of qualified Bumiputera personnel with construction and project development and management experience. LBU is supported by a Board of Directors with highway construction specialist expertise crucial for the delivery of the Highway according to time and budget specifications.
As PDP, LBU made a commitment to the Government to involve local talents, contractors, companies and resources towards building up local expertise in highway construction.
Implementation of the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak
Following the kick-off project at Bintulu, implementation of the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak went into top-gear with the appointment of a Project Delivery Partner. Phase 1 development of Sarawak’s single largest infrastructure project would be divided into 11 works package stretches averaging between 60-90 km each.
To meet the short timeline for delivery, implementation would be carried out simultaneously at all 11 works package stretches from Telok Melano to Miri. Tenders were carried out from amongst qualified Sarawak contractors. In cases where Sarawak contractors required support from experienced Highway builders, joint-ventures were formed with Peninsular Malaysia entities. In all cases, the Sarawak entity retained 70% majority equity.
Between September 2015 and December 2016, all 11 works packages under Phase 1 totalling 786km from Telok Melano to Miri were launched. Site possession occurred soon after, enabling the contractors to move into to site and get to work immediately.
Implementation Through PDP
Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd has been appointed through a Project Delivery Partner (PDPA) for the development and upgrading of Phase 1 of Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak by the Government of Malaysia and Sarawak State Government.
Total Contract Duration : 96 months