By NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Graphic By TMR
China Communications Construction Co Ltd, the main builder of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), has appointed AECOM, an integrated global infrastructure firm, as the site supervision services provider for project’s stations, viaducts, tunnels and depots.
AECOM Malaysia transportation VP Ailee Loh said in a statement that the company looks forward to leveraging all the world-class innovative approaches on this complex project that will ultimately benefit all of Malaysia.
As part of the efforts to complete the challenge, she said AECOM is also expected to tap into its local and international experience in transport infrastructure delivery.
Loh said the project is the economy game-changer for the peninsula’s East Coast and that the company is proud to be involved in it.
The company’s country director Patrick Wong said the rail infrastructure will grant new chances for the people in the states involved.
“Such massive rail infrastructure will open up new opportunities for the people in the East Coast states by facilitating the creation of new jobs, stimulating industries and enhancing mobility, in tandem with the growth that is being driven by the East Coast
Economic Region initiative,” he said. According to AECOM’s South-East Asia regional executive Billy Wong, the project will further generate rail industry leaders whose expertise are sought after worldwide.
The project is part of the government’s transportation plan and will link Kuala Lumpur and Port Klang to the East Coast, traversing Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and parts of Selangor. It is expected to be completed in 2024.
The major rail project has garnered the interests of about 1,000 engineering and construction firms to provide civil works, all of which have made submissions for the project’s pre-qualification exercise, indicating confidence in the RM55 billion project from the construction industry.
China Communications Construction was appointed as the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning services provider for the project, with Chinese financial institutions backing 85% of the costs.
The mega project is expected to break even financially in 2032, eight years after its proposed commencement.
The ECRL’s first phase connecting Gombak, Selangor, and Tumpat, Kelantan, is estimated to cost RM46 billion.