Na­jib wit­nesses sign­ing of ECRL agree­ment

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BEI­JING: Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak yes­ter­day wit­nessed the sign­ing of a sup­ple­men­tary agree­ment to fa­cil­i­tate the con­struc­tion of the se­cond phase of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) in Malaysia.

The sig­na­to­ries of the sup­ple­men­tary agree­ment to the En­gi­neer­ing, Pro­cure­ment, Con­struc­tion and Com­mis­sion­ing agree­ment, signed in Novem­ber last year, were Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL), China Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Con­struc­tion Com­pany Ltd (CCCC) and China Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Con­struc­tion Com­pany (M) Sdn Bhd.

Phase Two of the ECRL cov­ers the stretch from the In­te­grated Trans­port Ter­mi­nal (ITT) Gom­bak to Port Klang cov­er­ing an es­ti­mated dis­tance of 88km.

MRL chair­man and direc­tor Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ir­wan Seri­gar Ab­dul­lah said the cost of con­struc­tion for this sec­tion of the ECRL was RM9 bil­lion.

“This brings the to­tal con­struc­tion cost to RM55 bil­lion with Phase One from Wakaf Bharu in Ke­lan­tan to ITT Gom­bak cost­ing RM46 bil­lion as pre­vi­ously an­nounced in Novem­ber 2016,” said Ir­wan, who is also Trea­sury sec­re­tary-gen­eral.

The com­ple­tion of the ECRL Project will link the Greater Klang Val­ley with the East Coast Eco­nomic Re­gion (ECER).

The agree­ment was signed on be­half of MRL by Ir­wan and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Dar­wis Ab­dul Razak.

Sun Ziyu, who is CCCC vi­cepres­i­dent, signed on be­half of the com­pany.

“Phase Two will pro­vide the vi­tal con­nec­tion to Port Klang. The ECRL un­der­lines the im­por­tance of in­fras­truc­ture to Penin­su­lar Malaysia and its peo­ple,” said Ir­wan.

“Once com­pleted, the peo­ple in the east coast of Malaysia will be con­nected to the cen­tral re­gion and west coast.”

He said the con­struc­tion of the 600km-rail line, one of the high­im­pact projects un­der the 11th Malaysia Plan, was sched­uled to be­gin in the mid­dle of the year.

Na­jib also wit­nessed the sign­ing of a Frame­work Agree­ment for the con­struc­tion of a key en­ergy in­fras­truc­ture project in Malaysia be­tween Suria Strate­gic En­ergy Re­sources Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned com­pany of Min­istry of Fi­nance In­cor­po­rated and China Petroleum Pipe­line En­gi­neer­ing Co Ltd here.

This en­ergy in­fras­truc­ture project com­prises a 370-km pipe­line (Pengerang Multi Prod­ucts Pipe­line) that will con­nect the on­go­ing Multi Prod­ucts Pipe­line project, com­menc­ing from Me­laka, to the Petronas re­fin­ery project un­der con­struc­tion in Pengerang, Jo­hor.

BER­NAMA PIC

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak wit­ness­ing the ex­change of doc­u­ments on the agree­ments be­tween Malaysian and Chi­nese com­pa­nies in Bei­jing yes­ter­day. Rep­re­sent­ing Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd and Suria Strate­gic En­ergy Re­sources Sdn Bhd is Trea­sury Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Tan Sri Dr Mohd Ir­wan Seri­gar Ab­dul­lah (left).

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