Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) has received bids for the build of the RM1.6bn ($502m) Sg Buloh-Kajang rail line in Malaysia for rolling stock, depot equipment and maintenance vehicles, platform screen doors, signalling and train systems.
Changchun Railways Vehicle, Siemens SMH Rail Consortium and CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive have all submitted bids to supply rolling stock for the project.
MRT pre-qualified six companies to offer bids, which also included Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock, Bombardier Transportation Canada and Hyundai Rotem Company.
Among these companies, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Rolling Stock and Bombardier Transportation did not offer final bids, while Hyundai Rotem Company pulled out of the proceedings.
MRT CEO Dato’ Azhar Abdul Hamid said the bids will now be assessed in a four-stage process.
"We expect to award the tender by the end of July 2012," Hamid said.
MRT has also shortlisted bids for the supply of depot equipment and maintenance vehicles, platform screen doors and signalling and train systems.
For depot equipment and maintenance vehicles Jiangsu Tansportation Research Institute, a consortium between Siemens, Siemens (M) and Hisniag, and a joint venture between George Kent (M), D&P and Lion Pacific have all submitted bids.
Five companies have submitted bids for the signalling and train control system, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Siemens Klang Valley S&TC consortium, CMC Thales Consortium (CTC), Konsortium Ansaldo STS Emrail and a joint venture between Bombardier Transportation Signal (Thailand) and Bombardier (M).
Singapore Technologies Electronics is the lone bidder to supply platform screen doors to the project.
The 51km Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line will run from the north-west town of Sg Buloh to Kajang in the south-east. After completion, the rail line will serve 31 stations, carrying around 1.2 million people along the route and reducing congestion on Klang Valley’s roads.