MRCB, Gamuda, YTL JVs get High Speed Rail projects

KUALA LUMPUR: MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd has completed its project delivery partner (PDP) tender and has selected two consortia to assist with the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (KL-SG HSR) project’s civil works portion.

The Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd-Gamuda Bhd (MRCB-Gamuda) consortium has been selected for the northern portion of the alignment.

Meanwhile, the Syarikat Pembenaan Yeoh Tiong Lay Sdn Bhd-TH Properties Sdn Bhd (YTL-THP) consortium has been selected for the southern portion of the KL-SG HSR project alignment.

The contracts will be awarded upon the satisfactory conclusion of negotiations between MyHSR Corp and MRCB-Gamuda and YTL-THP consortia respectively.

The PDPs will be responsible for designing and delivering the civil works for the KL-SG HSR project at an agreed cost and schedule.

They shall carry out all necessary activities throughout the planning, construction, testing, and commissioning phases, among others.

“We are pleased to have selected two very capable consortia to work on the project. The PDPs will bring both local and international experience, through their own experience in building railways in the country and through partnerships with HSR experts, and together, we will build the KL-SG HSR.

“We look forward to emulating the success of previous iconic projects in the country,” said MyHSR Corp chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal in a statement.

The PDP tender was called on Nov 22, 2017 and was conducted via an open tender by MyHSR Corp.

The tender was open to parties with experience in railway design and construction, familiar with Malaysian railway construction practices and regulatory requirements, as well as the Malaysian supply market conditions.

The tender also promoted the involvement of Malaysian firms, consistent with the Government’s procurement objectives to stimulate and encourage the growth of local industries through optimal usage of local resources and materials.

The KL-SG HSR is a strategic project between the governments of Malaysia and Singapore that aims to facilitate a 90-minute travel time between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

Eight stations are currently planned for the KL-SG HSR: Bandar Malaysia, Sepang-Putrajaya, Seremban, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri stations in Malaysia and the Jurong East station in Singapore.

The KL-SG HSR service between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore is targeted to begin by Dec 31, 2026.