KL – Singapore HSR Project Joint Development Partner Contract Awarded

KL – Singapore HSR Project Joint Development Partner Contract Awarded :MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyHSR) of Malaysia and Land Transport Authority (LTA) of Singapore jointly announced on 16 February 2017 that they have awarded the Joint Development Partner (JDP) contract for the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project to a consortium comprising:

1-WSP Engineering Malaysia Sdn Bhd
2-Mott MacDonald Malaysia Sdn Bhd
3-Ernst & Young Advisory Services Sdn Bhd

According to the joint announcement “the winning consortium has made significant contributions from their involvement in many other major rail projects, including the California High Speed Rail in the United States of America, Taiwan High Speed Rail, HS2 in the United Kingdom, and the Crossrail in the United Kingdom.”

Joint News Release by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) & MyHSR – Joint Development Partner Contract Awarded for Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail Project

The JDP will provide project management support and technical advice on HSR systems and operations. The JDP will also develop the technical and safety standards to be adopted for the project. In addition, it will assist the Joint Project Team (JPT) established between MyHSR and LTA with the preparation of documents for the forthcoming tenders relating to the joint aspects of the project, such as the appointment of the AssetsCo and OpCo International.

The joint JDP tender was called on 22 August 2016 and closed on 17 October 2016. A total of eight bids were received:

1-Arcadis Projeks Sdn Bhd
2-Fluor Daniel International (M) Sdn Bhd
3-Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation/ CECI Engineering Consultants, Inc., Taiwan
4-AECOM Perunding Sdn Bhd/ AECOM Singapore Pte Ltd/ KPMG Services Pte Ltd/ Systra SA/ Systra MVA Singapore Pte Ltd
5-Asia/ Pacific Hill International Holdings Pte Ltd / Italferr S.p.A
6-PM Link Pte Ltd
7-WS Atkins International Limited / Sener Ingenieria Y Sistemas S.A.
8-WSP Engineering Malaysia Sdn Bhd / Mott MacDonald (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd / Ernst & Young Advisory Services Sdn Bhd

MyHSR CEO Mohd Nur Ismal Mohamed Kamal said: “Following the commitment of the two Governments through the Bilateral Agreement signing, the JDP appointment marks the start of a challenging yet exciting journey to bring the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project to reality. The consortium of WSP Engineering, Mott MacDonald and Ernst & Young Advisory Services will join the project teams of MyHSR and LTA in further developing the project. The teams will need to work closely to ensure that the project is delivered successfully. Further announcements will be made in due course, for other appointments of the project.”

LTA Chief Executive Ngien Hoon Ping stated: “LTA is excited to have the consortium onboard as our JDP. With the collective expertise and extensive experience of the consortium in HSR projects internationally, MyHSR and LTA will be able to kick-start the preparation of upcoming joint tenders for this strategic project. Together with the Advanced Engineering Study contract awarded earlier by LTA to carry out engineering studies for the Singapore stretch of the HSR, these two developments mark the next chapter in our journey to deliver the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project targeted by end-2026.”

“The JDP appointment marks the start of a challenging yet exciting journey to bring the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project to reality”

Singapore’s LTA announced on 8 February 2017 that it had awarded the contract for Advance Engineering Studies (AES) for the complete design of HSR infrastructure within Singapore to AECOM Singapore Pte Ltd and to its team of specialist consultants.

First conceived in 2013, the 350 km Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail is expected to reduce travel time between Singapore and the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur to 90 minutes.

The project envisages the construction of a brand new rail line with dedicated tracks that will allow trains to travel at a maximum speed of 300 km/h. It aims to facilitate seamless travel between the two capital cities, enhance business linkages, and connect the peoples of both countries closer together.

The line will consist of eight stations, seven of which will be in Malaysia:

1-Kuala Lumpur (Bandar Malaysia)
2-Putrajaya
3-Seremban
4-Ayer Keroh
5-Muar
6-Batu Pahat
7-Iskandar Puteri
8-Singapore (Jurong East)

Singapore Transport Minister and Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure Khaw Boon Wan and Malaysian Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the project on 19 July 2016.

Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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