By KEVIN WONG / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
MyHSR Corp Sdn Bhd will call for a tender to appoint the project delivery partner (PDP) for the Kuala Lumpur (KL)- Singapore High-speed Rail (HSR) project tomorrow.
MyHSR Corp CEO Datuk Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal (picture) said the tender would mark the start of the next phase of the KL-Singapore HSR project.
“With the appointment of the PDP, the civil works for the Malaysian infrastructure portion of the KL-Singapore HSR project will begin in earnest.
“This tender is open to all interested parties with experience in the design, construction and project management of railway infrastructure,” he said in a statement recently.
The PDP will be responsible to develop the detailed design for the infrastructure works, which include the station and alignment structures (ie bridges, tunnels and embankments) within Malaysia, and construct these works on budget and on time.
In addition to the detailed design and delivery of the infrastructure works, the PDP will also be required to assist with interface management, land acquisition processes and stakeholder engagement activities.
Mohd Nur Ismal also said the PDP and upcoming AssestsCo tenders will be the two major procurement exercises at the current stage of the US$11 billion (RM45.65 billion) project.
“The PDP tender focuses on the civil infrastructure portion of the project, while the AssetsCo tender, expected to be launched by the end of this year, focuses on systems and trains. Both tenders are expected to be completed in 2018,” he said.
Last month, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak has unveiled the concept designs for the seven Malaysian HSR stations following the signing of the Bilateral Agreement in December 2016.
MyHSR Corp is currently in the middle of its public inspection exercise, which began on Nov 1, 2017, and will end on Jan 31, 2018.
The exercise will serve as a channel where the public can share their feedback, suggestions or raise any concerns regarding the project and proposed alignment.
Information and inspections booths will be situated at key locations in all states along the HSR corridor.
The KL-Singapore HSR is a strategic project between KL and Singapore, aimed to facilitate travel between the two nations and enhance business linkages.
The rail will open with eight stations — including Bandar Malaysia, Bangi-Putrajaya, Seremban, Melaka, Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Puteri — in Malaysia, and the Jurong East station in Singapore.
The operation of the KL-Singapore service is expected to start by Dec 31, 2026.