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The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project has drawn interest from some 1,000 engineering and construction firms of various scale in the country in providing civil works for the 688km alignment linking the Klang Valley and East Coast states.
Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) CEO Darwis Abdul Razak said the impressive number of submissions for the ECRL pre-qualification (Pre-Q) exercise indicated the level of confidence in the mega project from the local construction industry.
He said the Construction Industry Development Board’s (CIDB) Grade G7 companies, which could tender for construction projects with unlimited contract value, topped the list.
“We are optimistic that their firm support would facilitate the effective implementation of civil works for the rail alignment that stretches from Kota Baru to Port Klang.
“MRL trusts the potential companies to be shortlisted for tenders would endeavour to participate in this RM55 billion rail project, and together we can fully deliver the ECRL project ahead of the 2024 deadline,” Darwis said in a statement yesterday.
The ECRL Pre-Q exercise registered attracted 1,118 submissions, comprising 180 contractors from Kelantan, Tereng- ganu (245), Pahang (200) and Selangor (493), during the nine-day roadshow that kicked off on Oct 15.
On the progress of the ECRL project, Darwis said MRL is actively involved in the land acquisition process in the East Coast states, and has commenced soil investigation and set up base camps at multiple sites in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang.
A host of work packages such as earthworks, formation works, drainage works, foundation works, building works and tunnelling are being sub-contracted by China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC) to Malaysian contractors, in line with the federal government’s commitment to support local players in taking part in the ECRL project.
MRL, a special-purpose vehicle wholly owned by the Minister of Finance Inc, is the project owner of the ECRL, while CCCC is the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contractor. — Bernama