More than 1,000 local engineering and construction firms are interested in taking part in the construction of the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL).
The prequalification exercise for the project attracted a total of 1,118 submissions after the authorities held roadshows in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Selangor on 15-23 October.
“The enthusiasm shown by Malaysian contractors during the recent roadshows is a further endorsement of the high-impact ECRL project,” said Darwis Abdul Razak, Chief Executive of Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL).
He noted that the prequalification exercise received 625 submissions from construction firms in the East Coast states. In particular, there were 180 from Kelantan, 200 from Pahang, 245 from Terengganu and 493 from Selangor.
To pre-qualify as a subcontractor, the company must have a grade of G3 to G7 from the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and have a minimum two-star rating under the SCORE Programme, which is also known as Penilaian Keupayaan dan Kemampuan Kontraktor.
Darwis noted that CIDB Grade G7 firms, which could bid for projects of any value, topped the prequalification exercise that was spearheaded by main contractor, China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC).
CCCC will then shortlist the prequalified subcontractors that can tender for infrastructure work packages in the ECRL, with full-scale earthworks expected to commence in early next year.
“MRL trusts the potential companies to be shortlisted for tender would endeavour to participate in this RM55 billion rail project, and that together we can fully deliver it ahead of the 2024 deadline,” added Darwis.
The ECRL aims to connect the states in the East Coast with Klang Valley. It is owned by MRL, a special purpose entity that is entirely owned by the Minister of Finance Inc.
On the other hand, CCCC is the contractor for engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning the 688km-long rail line.
Image sourced from NST.
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