Early nod for 31 firms in race for MRT systems
KUALA LUMPUR, 26 May — MRT Corporation (MRT Corp) has pre-qualified 31 companies bidding for RM791 million worth of projects in the 51km Sungai Buloh–Kajang Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line.
The tenders, which opened this week and will close in July and August, are for five systems work packages for the country’s most expensive infrastructure project to date.
“A field of 76 companies participated in the pre-qualification exercise between January 9 and March 12, 2012. The large interest is expected given the stature of this project,” said Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid, MRT Corp’s chief executive, in a statement.
“However, after a fair, transparent and rigorous pre-qualifying process, we have selected these companies, [which] we believe will be able to provide the project the right inputs,” he said.
The companies prequalified for the telecommunication system tender, which closes August 6, are: Indra Technology Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd; Samsung SDS Co Ltd; Apex Communications Sdn Bhd – LG CNS Consortium; CMCE – Thales Consortium (CTC); EVD – REI JV, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd; Alcatel-Lucent Malaysia Sdn Bhd & Mitsui & Co. Plant Systems Ltd; and Siemens AG and Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd.
Also closing on the same date is the tender for the automated fare collection system, bids for which have been made by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd; Indra Tech Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd – Hopetech Sdn Bhd; Samsung SDS Co Ltd; Sapura – Thales Consortium (STC); Heitech Padu Berhad; and Affiliated Computer Services Solutions France SAS.
The tender for the three other packages — facility supervisory control and data acquisition system tender, the electronic access control system, and the building management system — will close on July 6.
The prequalified companies for the last three packages are AFS Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd – ST Electronics JV; CMCE – Thales Consortium (CTC); Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd; Apex Communications Sdn Bhd – Beijing Hollysys Ltd Consortium; Indra Technology Solutions Malaysia Sdn Bhd; KUB Telekomunikasi Sdn Bhd; PERNEC Corporation Berhad; Honeywell Engineering Sdn Bhd; Heitech Padu Berhad; Metronic Engineering Sdn Bhd; KUB Telekomunikasi Sdn Bhd; and Apex Communications Sdn Bhd– Johnson Controls (M) Sdn Bhd.
The MRT project is part of the government’s Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley’s National Key Economic Area (NKEA), under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).
The SBK Line runs from the north-west town of Sungai Buloh to the south-east city town of Kajang.
Upon completion, it will contain 31 stations and serve 1.2 million people along the route.