27th June, before 12pm local-time, is the deadline for contractors wishing to submit applications for the Kuala Lumpur MRT’s “Pre-Qualification for underground works packages for the proposed project Mass Transit Lembah Kelang: Jajaran Sungai Buloh-Kajang.” The general scope of the design and build works includes 9.5km of tunnel boring and construction, seven underground stations, M&E works for tunnels and underground stations and other associated works deemed necessary.
The contractor’s qualifications are:
(i) Local Contractor: a) PKK Class A and/or, b) CIBD Grade G7.
(ii) Foreign Owned Company: a) Locally incorporated, and/or b) Locally Registered Certified AND CIBD Grade 7
(iii) International Company: Certified True Copy of Company’s Incorporation Certificate certified by authority in the country of origin.
Applicants are allowed to form a JV or consortium with a local, or locally incorporated and registered foreign owned company or international company provided that at least one member is registered as a contractor of PKK Class A and/or CIBD Grade G7. The locally incorporated and registered foreign owned company must comply with requirement of the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CMM) and CIBD (for Works).
The Malaysian Government has appointed ‘Prasarana’ as the MRT Project Owner and MMC Gamuda KVMRT as the Project Delivery Partner (PDP), who is responsible for the delivery of the fully commissioned MRT system. The PDP, being the original Project Proponent is entitled to exercise its right under the ‘Swiss Challenge’ offer from the Malaysian Government for the underground works package and shall take up the offer based on the best evaluated tender after adjustment under Malaysian Tenderer Price Preference provision.
The complete US$11.5bn Kuala Lumpur MRT is 150km+ long. The project comprises three new lines, with some 56km of TBM tunnelling worth approximately US$4.5bn. It is thought a minimum of 10 TBMs will be needed to tunnel through the region’s Karstic Limestone, Kenny Hill Formation and Granite.
The first line, involved in the current tender, will run from Sungai Buloh to Kajang passing through the centre of Kuala Lumpur. The second line will have 17km of tunnels, 7 underground stations, 37km elevated and 23 elevated stations. The third line will have 18.4km of tunnels, 4 underground stations, 23.8km elevated and 15 elevated stations. There will also be 4 new depots.
It is expected that the MRT’s construction will create 130,000 new jobs, generate a gross national income of US$1bn – US$1.3bn, and a daily ridership of 400,000.