Europe’s giant rail companies to bid for KL-Singapore HSR tender

Malaysian engineering company George Kent announced that it has signed an agreement with Siemens, Alstom, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane and Porr to form a consortium which will bid for Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR Assets Company tender. “George Kent have assembled a strong team and will be working together with experienced partners to deliver and maintain the safest and most reliable high-speed rail systems in the world. We aim to facilitate technology transfer and maximize the local content, resources and human capital in line with Malaysia’s aspiration of developing a resilient and vibrant rail industry,” the Chairman of George Kent, Tan Sri Dato’ Tan Kay Hock said.
The companies will work to prepare a joint offer encompassing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations & maintenance (O&M) for the purpose of this tender.
This partnership shall result in a powerful team combining European technology and project experience with the best local expertise, as the “consortium brings together the two manufacturers, Siemens and Alstom, with decades of technology leadership and excellence in delivering complex cross-border HSR projects”. Also, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane brings valuable expertise in railway operation and a vast global footprint, and Porr is a highly experienced track work provider.
“Alstom, with its expertise in complex high-speed projects, has been keenly looking at this tender and seeking the best partnerships – locally and internationally to offer the finest solution to Singapore and Malaysia. I believe we have a powerful and competent team to address this tender – with the best of European Rail Companies and George Kent as our local partner,” Jean-Francois Beaudoin, Senior Vice President of Alstom Asia-Pacific said.
“We have also been committed to technology transfer to both countries, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with this iconic project,” Michel Obadia, Head of Siemens Mobility Asia Pacific said.
On 20 December, Malaysia and Singapore announced the tender on Assets Company (‘AssetsCo’) for Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail project. AssetsCo will be responsible for designing, building, financing and maintaining all rolling stock, as well as designing, building, financing, operating and maintaining all rail assets (trackwork, power, signalling and telecommunications) for the KL-Singapore HSR. AssetsCo will also coordinate the system’s network capacity for operations and maintenance needs. Bidders will have until 29 June 2018 to submit their proposals.
Estimated at USD 16 billion, the KL-Singapore HSR project envisages the construction of a 330-km double track line with 8 stations, which will be put into operation in 2026.