By MARK RAO & LYDIA NATHAN / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS
George Kent (M) Bhd had entered into a pre-consortium agreement with Germany’s Siemens AG and Singapore’s Siemens Pte Ltd to participate in the multibillion Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed rail (KL-SG HSR) project.
George Kent and Siemens will prepare a joint offer on engineering, procurement and construction to the special purpose company. The consortium intends to bid for the development, financing, construction and technical operation and maintenance of Malaysia’s first HSR project.
George Kent chairman Tan Sri Tan Kay Hock said the project is among the renowned and coveted rail industry deals, being the first cross-border HSR project in South- East Asia.
“George Kent is pleased to be partnering with Siemens, who has one of the most impressive track records in delivering successfully the safest and most reliable HSR systems in the world.
“We hope to be able to contribute our part as the local Malaysian company in delivering the HSR project,” he said in a statement.
George Kent said the partnership with the German tech giant would deliver a positive contribution to the group it secures the rail deal.
Siemens AG — the global technology player based in Berlin and Munich — had expressed interest in bidding for the KL-SG HSR project as early as August this year.
“Siemens is seeking the best and most capable local, as well as international partners, for this important project to be well-prepared for the upcoming tender due at the end of this year,” the company said.
Its Malaysian unit was reportedly keen on the trans-border railway due to the good proposition and compelling package it offers, having already delivered 58 sets of automated trains for the first line on the mass rapid transit (MRT) network.
George Kent has experience in rail project as it was appointed the project delivery partner for Light Rail Transit Line 3 project in September 2015.
The company has also undertaken system works on the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya line worth some RM1.01 billion for client MRT Corp Sdn Bhd.