MyHSR is set to appoint a Technical Advisory Consultant (TAC) to review the technical aspects of the postponed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project’s cost reduction options.

In September last year, Malaysia and Singapore agreed to postpone the HSR project until 2020 in a bid to explore various options to reduce the cost of construction.

Following the decision, the Government of Malaysia has been working to determine cost reduction options, including revising the route alignment, station locations and business model.

Once appointed, the TAC will assess and validate all the proposed infrastructure assets for the Kuala Lumpur–Singapore HSR project within Malaysia.

“This tender marks an important step forward before the end of the suspension period in May 2020.”

The overall assessment will include on-the-ground data collection activities such as topography survey data, soil investigation and ground condition assessments.

MyHSR CEO Dato’ Mohd Nur Ismal Bin Mohamed Kamal said: “This tender marks an important step forward before the end of the suspension period in May 2020.

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“We encourage all firms with the relevant experience to participate in this tender, as the findings of this review will help us chart the right course for this project.”

The decision to postpone the Kuala Lumpur–Singapore HSR project was aligned with the Government of Malaysia’s efforts to review all major infrastructure projects in the country to reduce national debt.

In January, Malaysia also terminated the agreement with East Coast Railway Link contractor China Communications Construction Company (CCCC).

The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project is envisaged to facilitate shorter travel time between Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, as well as improve connectivity in the region and promote economic cooperation.

Currently, the construction works of the project are suspended until 31 May 2020.