MALAYSIA: Mass Rapid Transit Corp announced the winners of five major contracts worth a total of 3⋅474bn ringgit for the Sungai Buloh – Kajang Line on September 14. Scheduled to open in 2017, the 51 km SBK Line will have 31 stations serving 1⋅2 million people in the Greater Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley area.

Siemens has been selected to supply a fleet 58 four-car driverless trains for 1⋅37bn ringgit. Six companies had prequalified for the rolling stock contact, and three submitted bids.

The tender attracted great interest within the rail industry and amongst the general public, according to MRT Corp CEO Azhar Abdul Hamid. ‘Our trains, which will be driverless, are where the system has the largest touch points with the public, so their interest is expected’, he said. ‘Passengers need to be assured that the trains will offer comfort and reliability, and I am confident we will get this from Siemens’.

He said ‘driverless systems and their benefits have been proven throughout the world’, and unattended train operation would help avoid human error, be reliable and punctual and not be vulnerable to shortages of drivers.

Bombardier has been awarded a 281m ringgit contract covering signalling and train control systems.

‘The fact should not be missed that the companies we have selected have strong track records and proven appropriate experience’, said Azhar. Evaluation of the bids included ‘technical capability, financial strength and of course price’. The aim was ‘finding a fit that will ensure the project gets the best technical input from a capable contractor, while maintaining costs within our expectation’.

ContractBudget estimate, riggitWinnerTender, ringgit
V8Viaduct from Taman Mesra to Kajang985mUEM Construction 951m
SBK-S-01Rolling stock1·550bnSiemens/SMH Rail consortium1·365bn
SBK-S-03Signalling and train control system556mBombardier281m
SBK-S-05Power supply and distribution969mMeidensha Corp459m
SBK-S-02Depot equipment and maintenance vehicles423mSiemens/Hisniaga consortium418m