Our first key project is the Klang Valley MRT project, which involves the construction of a rail-based public transport network in Malaysia. MRT Corp (Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) is the project’s asset owner, undertaking joint management of the procurement process along with project delivery partners, Gamuda.
The Malaysian Government is implementing this rail infrastructure project across three phases (Lines 1,2, and 3) in an attempt to ease road congestion in the country. RCL are not involved in Line 1, which is currently in the process of completion but will play a key role in Line 2. This project is the key part of a new sustainable integrated transport system in the Klang Valley, an area that is estimatedto have a population of 10 million people by 2020. It will also be a key economic entry point for the area. Line 2 approval and development has recently been announced by the federal government and is set to be even longer than Line 1, which runs for 51 kilometres from Sungai Buloh,north-west of Kuala Lumpur, through the city centre, and ends in Kajang, south-east of the city.
Line 2 will have a longer underground section and more stations with building set to take place in two phases; one from Sungai Buloh to Serdang and the second from Serdang to Putrajaya. The line will cover a length of 56 kilometres and visit 35 stations. Completion is down for 2020. It is estimated that 20 per cent more passengers (more than a quarter of a million people) will use Line 2 every day than Line 1 as it will run through more densely populated areas, including the Kampung Baru, Sentul and Serdang neighbourhoods, and the city centre. Line 2 will also run alongside a number of areas for which mass affordable housing projects are set to take place in the next few years.
Tenders are expected on line 2 in the final quarter of 2014 or the first quarter of 2015. We will be partnering with China Rail Signalling and Communication in order to target tenders on Line 2 and 3. Line 3 will be a circle line around the city center but the exact line length and stations covered are not yet confirmed.
RCL is working on the project along with HSSI, who have been appointed as Independent Consulting Engineers by MRT. HSSI will play a crucial role in ensuring that the project is completed in a timely and cost-effective manner. They will also review architectural plans and provide a comprehensive insight on construction activities.
According to figures forecast by the Performance Management and Delivery Unit of the Prime Minister’s Office, the MRT project is estimated to make a phenomenal contribution of up to RM21 billion per annum to Malaysia’s GNI once it is completed in 2020. This will come from the construction jobs created and appreciation of property values of approximately 1.2 million square feet. On completion, the stations on the network will have an extensive pool of facilities including: covered walkways from station entrances to surrounding areas; lifts; escalators; disabled access; prayer rooms; retail shops and customer service centres.