MRT awards five contracts for Sungai Buloh-Kajang line

17 September 2012 (Last Updated September 17th, 2012 18:30)

Malaysia's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) has awarded five contracts worth a total of MYR3.47bn ($1.14bn) for the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) MRT line in Greater Kuala Lumpur.

Malaysia's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) has awarded five contracts worth a total of MYR3.47bn ($1.14bn) for the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) MRT line in Greater Kuala Lumpur.

The five contracts include the Viaduct Package V8 Taman Mesra-Kajang, electric trains, signalling and train control system, power supply and distribution, and depot equipment and maintenance vehicles.

The MYR951m ($313m) contract for the construction of a viaduct guideway and other associated works from Taman Mesra to Kajang station was awarded to UEM Construction.

MRT CEO Dato' Azhar Abdul Hamid said: "With the award of Package Viaduct 8, all work packages for the construction of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang alignment, both elevated and underground, have been awarded."

"This is a very significant milestone for the project," Hamid added.

Siemens SMH Rail Consortium won the contract for the supply of a fleet of driverless trains with a tender price of RM1.37bn ($451m).

Six companies had pre-qualified for the train supply contract, of which three companies submitted bids when tenders closed in June 2012.

MRT said that it has opted for a driverless Grade of Automation 4 (GoA 4) unattended train operation (UTO) system due to its safety, reliability and punctuality in high frequency services.

"Passengers needs to be assured that the trains will offer comfort and reliability, and I am confident we will get this from Siemens," said Hamid.

Bombardier Malaysia beat four other bidders to win the MYR281m signalling and train control systems contract.

Japan's power generator producer Meidensha won the MYR549m ($180.5m) power supply and distribution system contract for the line.

The MYR18m ($5.9m) depot equipment and maintenance vehicles contract was awarded to a Siemens-Hisniaga consortium.

Scheduled to open in 2017, the 51km SBK MRT will have 31 stations serving around 1.2 million people along the route, and is expected to reduce congestion on roads in the Klang Valley.