Siemens, Alstom, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and George Kent with PORR to partner on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project

Siemens, Alstom, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and George Kent together with PORR have mutually agreed to join forces in a consortium to bid for the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail AssetsCo tender for the Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail project, announced by the Malaysian and Singaporean governments. The companies will work to prepare a joint offer encompassing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations & maintenance (O&M) for the purpose of this tender.

This partnership shall result in a powerful team combining European technology and project experience with the best local expertise. The consortium brings together the two manufacturers, Siemens and Alstom, with decades of technology leadership and excellence in delivering complex cross-border high speed railway projects. In the past, both companies have worked on similar complex Private Public Partnership (PPP) projects across the globe. Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane brings valuable expertise in railway operation and a vast global footprint. These European companies are joined by George Kent, a Malaysian company offering significant construction experience in rail transportation projects and a strong local knowledge of the Malaysian market. George Kent is partnering with PORR, a highly experienced track work provider offering a state-of-the-art slab track technology proven in operation on high speed railways.

Commenting on this agreement, Jean-Francois Beaudoin, Senior Vice President of Alstom Asia-Pacific said, “Alstom, with its expertise in complex high speed projects, has been keenly looking at this tender and seeking the best partnerships – locally and internationally to offer the finest solution to Singapore and Malaysia. I believe we have a powerful and competent team to address this tender – with the best of European Rail Companies and George Kent as our local partner.”

Michel Obadia, Head of Siemens Mobility Asia Pacific completed: “The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail is a ground-breaking project that will significantly prosper the economic and social ties of millions of Malaysians and Singaporeans. Siemens is a trusted partner for both countries having contributed to their vital infrastructure development for many years. We have also been committed to technology transfer to both countries, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with this iconic project. With the help of our global network of recognized experts we will be able to provide the most innovative technical solution for a comfortable and safe journey.”

Commenting on the partnership, George Kent Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Tan Kay Hock added that “The Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High Speed Rail project is one of the most prominent projects in the Region. George Kent have assembled a strong team and will be working together with experienced partners to deliver and maintain the safest and most reliable high speed rail systems in the world. We aim to facilitate
technology transfer and maximize the local content, resources and human capital in line with Malaysia’s aspiration of developing a resilient and vibrant rail industry.”

Filippo Scotti, Executive Vice President International Markets of FS Group (ItalianState Railways) further commented: “The Kuala Lumpur – Singapore High SpeedRail is a strategic project that will bring a leap forward in the economic and socialdevelopment of Malaysia and Singapore. We are honored to contribute to it throughour consortium, which includes the best players in the industry, and proud, to bringlarge technological and innovation experience and expertise in the rail and mobility industry”.

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