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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. 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.

To accelerate the social and 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 ruling political party Barisan Nasional’s “Akujanji” manifesto to the Nation. This was followed by a commitment in Budget 2015.

Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak was officially launched by the Prime Minister in Bintulu on 31 March 2015. Construction works along a 43 km stretch from the Nyabau to Bakun junctions began soon after.

When completed in early 2022, Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak from Telok Melano to Merapok will span a total distance of 1,060 km. 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 transverses.

About Lebuhraya Borneo Utara

Lebuhraya Borneo Utara SdnBhd (LBU) is the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) for the Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak. A home-grown Sarawak company based in Kuching, Sarawak, LBU consists of a team of qualified Bumiputera personnel with construction as well as 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.

It has been a long journey for LBU to develop and propose a suitable and workable project concept to the Government of Malaysia for the Pan Borneo Highway. Apart from delivering the best value, LBU made a commitment to the Government to involve local talents, contractors, companies and resources towards building up local expertise in highway construction.

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.

  • PDPA Contract Signing:   30 June 2015
  • PDPA Effective Date:  1 July 2015
  • PDPA Expiry Date: 30 June 2023
  • PDPA Contract Period: 8 years
  • Construction Period : 5.5 years (1 Jan2016 – 30 June 2021)
  • Defect Liability Period : 24 months

Total Contract Duration : 96 months