RTSO awards nine contracts worth RM1bil

by AZREEN HANI/ pic by MRT Corp

RTS Operations Pte Ltd (RTSO), the operator of RTS Link, announced today that it has recently awarded nine contracts worth a total of approximately RM1 billion.

It added that Systems Works on the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link are progressing well, slated for completion by end 2026. 

Four of the contracts are for core systems. CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co Ltd was awarded the contract for Rolling Stock. Siemens Mobility Sdn Bhd and Siemens Mobility Pte Ltd were awarded the contract for Signalling and Platform Screen Doors.

Sapura Rail Systems Sdn Bhd was awarded the contract for the remaining two core systems: the Communications System and the Integrated Supervisory Control System. 

“We are pleased with the outcome of the tender exercise. There is a good mix of local and international players working together to make the RTS Link a success,” Shamsul Rizal Md Yusof, RTSO CEO said in a statement today.

Prior to this, a systems consultancy contract was awarded to engineering firm CH2M Services Sdn Bhd to deliver consultancy services for the design, manufacturing, delivery, testing and commissioning of all systems for the RTS line.

“We understand the strategic importance of the RTS Link in bringing about significant economic and social benefits on both sides of the Causeway, which not long ago was one of the busiest land border crossings in the world,” RTSO chairman Datuk Mohd Farid Adnan said.

“Together with CEO Shamsul Rizal Md Yusof, who came onboard in September 2020, the RTSO board and management are fully committed to deliver the RTS project despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

RTSO is the joint venture company formed in 2020 by Prasarana Malaysia Bhd (Prasarana) and SMRT Corporation Ltd (SMRT).

A Singapore incorporated company, RTSO will own, design, build, finance and manage the RTS Link operating assets including trains, tracks and systems.

This company will also operate and maintain the rail line between Bukit Chagar in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and Woodlands North in Singapore, including the Wadi Hana depot in Johor Bahru.

“This important bilateral project will deepen the already warm and friendly commercial, cultural and people-to-people ties between our two countries. The good progress made on the RTS Link project is a testament to the close collaboration among all parties,” RTSO vice chairman Yap Kim Wah said in the same statement.