One of the biggest ever rail projects seen in the ASEAN region, the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit Project (better known with its acronym "MRT Project") has taken a major step forward with the awarding of four work package contracts for one of its lines to a number of local and international rail companies. The project envisages a "wheel and spoke" concept comprising two northeast-southwest radial lines and one circle line looping around Kuala Lumpur. The preliminary project cost of RM36 billion which is government-funded, represents the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in Malaysia. The 52.2km line will eventually include a 13.5km underground section and 38.7km of viaduct with 39 stations. Phase one of the line is on track to be fully operational in 2017.
The work package contracts were announced this week by Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp). The awards, which included two Viaduct Work Packages and two Systems Work Packages were made following a One-Stop Procurement Committee Meeting (OSPC) chaired by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.
MRT Corp Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Sri Shahril Mokhtar said with the latest work packages awarded, development of the SSP Line would be able to move full steam ahead.
“Earlier, we saw many of our civil works being awarded. We have now moved to the stage where we are awarding Systems Work Packages. This is very good progress for the SSP Line,” he said.
Systems Work Package SY203 for the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of electric trains rolling stock and depot equipment for the SSP Line was awarded to HAP Consortium. The price of the contract was RM1.62 billion and the consortium comprises Hyundai Rotem Company of Korea, Malaysian company Apex Communications Sdn Bhd and POSCO Engineering Co Ltd, which is also from Korea.
The second Systems Work Package, with a cost of RM458.02 million was Package SY201 for the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of the signalling and train control system for the SSP Line, which was awarded to a consortium comprising Bombardier (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd and Global Rail Sdn Bhd.
Bombardier (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd was the Work Package Contractor for the signalling and train control system for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line.
For the Elevated Work Packages, Work Package V203 for the construction and completion of the 4.6km viaduct guideway and other associated works from Jinjang to Jalan Ipoh North Portal was awarded to IJM Construction Sdn Bhd. The contract price was RM1.47 billion.
IJM was the Work Package Contractor of Viaduct Package V5 of the SBK Line for the construction of the elevated guideway from the Maluri Portal to Taman Connaught in Cheras. It was also the nominated sub-contractor for Station Package S5 for the construction four elevated stations along the same stretch of the elevated alignment.
Meanwhile, Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd was the successful tenderer for Work Package V210 for the construction and completion of the 2.6km viaduct guideway and other associated works from Persiaran APEC in Cyberjaya to Putrajaya Sentral. The contract price was RM648.00 million.
Shahril said the basis of selecting successful tenderers for MRT Project work packages was the Best Evaluated Tender, where both technical and commercial aspects of tenders were evaluated. As a result, the successful tender might not be the one with the lowest price.
“I am pleased to share that the successful tenderers for the Electric Trains, Viaduct V203 and Viaduct V210 had also submitted the lowest prices for their respective tenders,” he said before adding that the successful tenderers had good track records and were all renowned companies within their industries.
“MRT Corp looks forward to working with them and I am confident they will all perform well as contractors of this important infrastructure Project,” he concluded.
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