GEORGE TOWN: Over 40 local and international companies have registered, purchased and downloaded the pre-qualification documents from the Penang Infrastructure Corporation (PIC) website to participate in the Bayan Lepas Light Rail Transit (LRT) project pre-qualification stage.
Penang infrastructure and transport committee chairman Zairil Khir Johari said the state government had received requests from many companies including several international firms from Europe and Asia specialising in railway construction to extend the pre-qualification document submission period.
"An extension would allow them more time to prepare the necessary documentation, such as letters of support from financial institutions, as well as form joint ventures with local companies.
"On July 22, the Penang government launched the pre-qualification stage for the Bayan Lepas LRT project to invite interested local and international companies to register their interest and submit documentation to be considered for the upcoming request for proposal (RFP) tender.
"We are pleased to announce that the pre-qualification stage has received good response from local and international companies.
"As of Aug 8, over 40 local and international companies have registered, purchased and downloaded the pre-qualification documents from the PIC website," he said in a statement on Thursday (Aug 11).
Zairil added that the state government has agreed to extend the pre-qualification period from Aug 24 to Oct 7.
"Interested companies are required to submit their pre-qualification documents no later than 12pm on Oct 7.
"The pre-qualification registration, which was closed on Aug 8, has been reopened until Aug 19 to enable more interested companies to register.
"Completed pre-qualification documents must be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the proposal title and reference number at the top centre of the envelope; and placed in the tender box at the PIC office in Komtar," he said.
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