Twenty-eight firms pre-qualify for six MRT work packages

KUALA LUMPUR, March 8 – MRT Corporation announced today it has pre-qualified 28 firms for six MRT construction packages and rejected 23 submissions, among which a few were by prominent outfits.

Without naming them, MRT Corp chief executive officer Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid (picture) expressed consternation that a few “big and established” companies had failed to make the cut due to the “quality of their submissions”.

“All applications went through a rigorous evaluation process to ensure that the MRT project is delivered within the targeted time and cost.

“I am also surprised that there were a few big and established companies which failed to pre-qualify because of the quality of their submissions,” he said in an emailed statement this evening.

According to the statement, applicants bidding for the six packages were evaluated based on merit and a list of criteria.

They include the company’s financial capabilities; track record; experiences; existing management staff and key personnel; average annual construction turnover in the last five years; existing plant and equipment; and existing quality, safety, health and environment practices.

“We assure that the tender process was done fairly and with full transparency,” Azhar said.

A total of 51 firms bid for the six work packages, which include electric trains, depot equipment and maintenance vehicles, signalling and train control system, platform screen doors, power supply and distribution system and track works.

For the electric train package, the companies short-listed include Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd; Bombardier (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd & Bombardier Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd & Scomi Rail Bhd Consortium; Changchun Railways Vehicles Co Ltd (CNR); Siemens AG & Siemens (M) Sdn Bhd; Hyundai Rotem Company; and CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co Ltd.

For the Depot Equipment and Maintenance Vehicles package, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd; Jiangsu Transportation Research; Siemens AG & Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd; and George Kent – D&P Ltd – Lionpac JV were pre-qualified.

For the Signalling and Train Control System package, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd; Siemens Malaysia & Siemens German; CMC – Thales Consortium (CTC); Konsortium Ansaldo STS Emrail; and Bombardier Transportation Signal (Thailand) Pte were pre-qualified.

For the Platform Screen Doors works package, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd; Singapore Technologies Electronics Ltd; SPS Consortium; and Faively Tranport Far East Ltd were pre-qualified.

For the Power Supply and Distribution System package, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd; Meidensha Corporation; Siemens AG & Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd; and Balfour Beatty Group Ltd were pre-qualified.

For the Track Works package, Eiffage – Kaden – Kencana JV; Poshi Consortium; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd; Leighton Contractors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd; and Balfour Beatty Group Ltd were pre-qualified.

MRT Corp recently made public the full list of 90 work packages which range from advance works to multi-storey car park (Park and Ride Facilities). The full list of the work packages can be found on

The multibillion ringgit MRT, meant to ease traffic congestion in the Klang Valley, is Malaysia’s most expensive infrastructure project to date.

The project’s first Sungai Buloh-Kajang line will cover a distance of 51km, of which 9.5km – including seven of the 31 stations – will be underground.


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