PRASARANA AWARDS LRV PACK­AGE WORTH RM1.56 b TO CON­SOR­TIUM

CRRC, Siemens and Te­gap Di­namik will de­sign, sup­ply and com­mis­sion 42 6-car LRVs

New Straits Times - - Front Page - AMIR HISYAM RASID KUALA LUMPUR bt@me­di­aprima.com.my

PRASARANA Malaysia Bhd has dished out a ma­jor con­tract worth RM1.56 bil­lion to a Chi­nese-Ger­man-Malaysian con­sor­tium, mark­ing the start of Light Rail Tran­sit Line 3 (LRT 3) project.

The con­sor­tium, con­sist­ing of CRRC Zhuzhou Lo­co­mo­tive Co Ltd, Siemens Ltd China and Te­gap Di­namik Sdn Bhd, will de­sign, sup­ply and com­mis­sion 42 six-car light rail ve­hi­cles (LRVs) for the 37km stretch link­ing Ban­dar Utama and Klang.

Prasarana pres­i­dent and group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Seri Azmi Ab­dul Aziz said the re­main­ing three main work pack­ages val­ued at about RM2 bil­lion to RM2.5 bil­lion for LRT 3 would be awarded only to lo­cal com­pa­nies.

It will an­nounce the suc­cess­ful ten­derer by the end of this month.

“How it works is that com­pa­nies will go through a bid­ding process and we will eval­u­ate from there. But the re­main­ing work pack­ages are strictly for lo­cal com­pa­nies,” he said af­ter the sign­ing cer­e­mony of the RM1.56 bil­lion con­tract, here, yes­ter­day.

“There are also other smaller work pack­ages to be an­nounced soon,” he added.

Prasarana group chair­man Tan Sri Is­mail Adam said the LRT3 project is of­fi­cially un­der­way.

“This award shows that our con­struc­tion is gain­ing mo­men­tum. With the three firms’ proven track record, ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­ity of de­liv­ery, I am con­fi­dent work will be com­pleted within time and cost,” said Is­mail.

Prasarana said the LRV work pack­age is con­sid­ered one of the largest for the LRT 3 project.

A to­tal of five com­pa­nies had pre-qual­i­fied for the ten­der in May last year.

To date, 11 out of 59 LRT 3 work pack­ages have been awarded. The 59 work pack­ages, among which are 10 viaduct guide­way and sta­tion pack­ages, one un­der­ground works pack­age and two train de­pot work pack­ages.

CRRC Corp Ltd chair­man Liu Hua­long said the con­sor­tium would pro­vide the nec­es­sary ex­pe­ri­ence and skill sets to en­sure the smooth de­liv­ery of the works in­volved.

“We are look­ing for­ward to pro­vide the Malaysian com­muters with the de­liv­ery of su­pe­rior LRVs that will en­sure re­li­able per­for­mance and top­most qual­ity.”

With the abil­ity to carry 1,271 pas­sen­gers per LRV, the ve­hi­cles are Malaysia’s first six-car driver­less trains.

In terms of ca­pac­ity, each LRV is equiv­a­lent to 28 units of sin­gledeck buses.

PIC BY ZULFADHLI ZULK­I­FLI

Prasarana Malaysia Bhd chair­man Tan Sri Is­mail Adam (fifth from right), China’s Am­bas­sador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang (fourth from right), Prasarana pres­i­dent, group chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Datuk Seri Azmi Ab­dul Aziz (fifth from left) and other of­fi­cials af­ter the sign­ing cer­e­mony for the light rail ve­hi­cles work pack­age in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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