August 02, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Prasarana Malaysia Bhd has awarded a work package worth RM1.56 billion under Klang Valley’s third light rail transit (LRT3) project to a consortium comprising CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co Ltd, Siemens Ltd China and Tegap Dinamik Sdn Bhd.

The consortium was the only one that submitted a bid for the light rail vehicle (LRV) package by the Nov 23 deadline last year, from among five groups that were pre-qualified in May.

It will be responsible for the design, manufacture, supply, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of 42 six-car LRVs for the project.

“The LRT3 project is officially underway and this award shows that our construction is gaining momentum,” Prasarana chairman Tan Sri Ismail Adam said at the signing ceremony for the package today.

“With the three companies’ proven track record, experience and quality of delivery, I am confident that the work will be completed within the time and cost,” said Ismail.

He added that he expects some transfer of technology to Tegap Dinamik from the foreign partners to take place, adding that this would be beneficial for both Malaysia and China.

CRRC Corporation Ltd chairman Liu Hualong said the collaboration on this project will enhance and strengthen the friendship between the two countries.

“The formation of this consortium will provide the necessary experience and skill sets to ensure the smooth delivery of the work involved. We are looking forward to provide the Malaysian commuters with the delivery of superior LRVs that will ensure reliable performance and topmost quality,” Liu said.

He added that China’s One Belt One Road initiative has pushed for infrastructure development such as the rail transit projects.

The LRV package is one of the largest systems work packages offered by the LRT3 project. Each vehicle of the six-car driverless trains is capable of carrying 1,271 passengers, and it has a capacity equivalent to 28 single-deck buses.

To-date, 11 out of LRT3’s 59 work packages have been awarded.

Spanning 37km in length and running from Bandar Utama in Petaling Jaya to Klang, the LRT3 will provide accessibility to about 74,000 commuters daily in Klang, Shah Alam and Petaling Jaya upon completion in 2020.