Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has won a JPY22bn ($274m) contract from Malaysia’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) for track work on the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line in Kuala Lumpur.
MHI, in collaboration with Sumitomo, will be responsible for carrying out the design, engineering, procurement and installation of track works on the 51km SBK line.
The new SBK line, which is the first of three lines under the KVMRT project, will connect the north-west town of Sungai Buloh and Kajang in the south-east with Kuala Lumpur.
Scheduled to open in July 2017, the SBK line will have 31 stations, serving around 1.2 million people along the route and reducing congestion on Klang Valley roads.
MRT said that around 100km of new metro tracks are scheduled to be completed by 2020, which would connect central Kuala Lumpur with its nearby districts.
The Malaysian Government is currently evaluating optimal routes for the alignment of two other lines that are expected to be announced by the middle of 2013.
MRT has also awarded a MYR319.9m ($104m) telecommunications contract to Apex Communication-LG CNS consortium, under which the consortium will engineer, procure, build, test and commission the SBK line’s telecommunications systems.
In October 2012, MRT awarded a €260m contract to Siemens to supply 58 Inspiro driverless metro trains to be operated on the SBK line.
Engineering and train components, including drive system and bogies, will be built at Siemens’ German and Austrian facilities.