George Kent ramps up work on Ampang Line extension
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 — George Kent (Malaysia) Bhd (GKM) has started preliminary work on the Ampang Line Extension Project (Ampang LEP) to ensure compliance with the on-time and on-cost delivery requirements of the project.
This includes negotiations with specialist contractors to take on certain highly technical and specialised work for the line, the company said in a statement.
“The GKM-led Project Management Team (PMT) will drive the Ampang LEP with the technical specialist contractors, with whom we are currently in negotiations,” said executive director Cheong Thiam Fook.
Cheong, who is also project director of the George Kent-Lion Pacific Joint Venture, said GKM was now focused on building partnerships with reputable technology partners to ensure smooth and cost-effective construction of the line, with technology and knowledge transfer being a key element.
“The project management team will have 70 per cent local participation and GKM will be leading the project team with German-based Tewet Gmbh,” he said.
Tewet was a consultant to the Bursa Line in Turkey, which had a scope of work similar to what is required in the Ampang LEP.
Meanwhile, GKM emphasised that its final bid was competitive and comprehensive, saying that it was not amused by comments questioning its financial capability and technical expertise.
Cheong also said the purportedly-genuine documents that were leaked did not represent the final picture as all bidders were called to provide further clarification after the initial interview by Prasarana’s consultants.
“GKM will lead the PMT, work with local partners wherever locals have the required expertise and international best-in-class technical partners for the highly technical and specialised work,” he said.
Its track record of managing construction projects included complex mechanical and engineering requirements in Malaysia and overseas like the construction and design of the new Kuala Lipis Hospital and soon-to-be-completed inter-state raw water transfer project. — Bernama