Friday, 23 February 2018

(The Star) Infrastructure tender for ECRL to open in April

BENTONG: Tender for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) infrastructure works, valued at RM7bil, will be opened in April in stages.

At least 30% of civil works packages (excluding tunnel works) are earmarked for local firms although China’s state-owned China Commu­ni­cations Construction Company (CCCC) has been awarded the RM55bil ECRL project.

Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) head of construction Noor Azlan Salleh said the CCCC will be opening the tender in stages to the pool of local contractors who pre-registered last October.

“While I can’t give the exact value of the tender as the details are still being finalised, it can be said that it is worth a few billion ringgit,” he said during a media visit to the ECRL construction site here yesterday.

He also said the ECRL project, which is currently in the first phase and expected to be completed in June 2024, is on the right track.

“Works to prepare for the construction of three tunnels are under way in Bentong,” he said.

There will be 45 tunnels on multiple sites including a 16.37km twin bore tunnel from Bentong to Gombak, which makes it the longest rail tunnel in Malaysia.

Currently, MRL, which is the project owner, is in the midst of works to receive tunnel boring machines (TBMs), said Noor Azlan.

The TBMs are expected to be transported from Port Klang in Selangor to the site here in November while tunnel works will begin in 2019, once the machines have been set up.