The tender for the Mass Rapid Transit Line 3 (MRT3 Circle Line) is expected to be opened in August, said Mass Rapid Transport Corp Sdn Bhd’s (MRT Corp) CEO Datuk Mohd Zarif Hashim.
The Edge Markets reported that requests for information (RFI) had already been issued by MRT Corp to industry players as it looks to change the construction methods for the rail line and entice the development of local technologies.
The project seeks to emphasise on construction manufacturing like industrialised building systems (IBS) and to have contractors be well-versed in the building information modelling (BIM) which synchronises data across the whole construction project.
To participate in the tender process, participants should master the two methods, said Mohd Zarif at the project briefing.
This could also entice the employment of Malaysians workers since the construction manufacturing leads to a more conducive environment for employees.
Mohd Zarif also revealed that MRT Corp is seeking local developers of rail electrical and digital systems.
While he did not identify the exact tender format for the project, the rail chief noted that it will be “a different kind of tender award exercise” from previous procurement format undertaken.
“This is not just a construction, but it is a large transformation, large change management program,” he said as quoted by The Edge Markets.
On the project cost, MRT Corp described the latest media reports as “not far off”. Analysts believes the cost of the project range from RM20 billion to about RM30 billion.
While the government is committed at supporting the project, MRT Corp is also eyeing a private funding arrangement of about 10% to 30%. This could be either under MRT Corp or “from any of the industry players”.
To be developed in five phases, the Circle Line will have 30 or more stations, with 40% of the route underground.
The 50-kilometre line will have 10 interchange stations, allowing each phase between two interchange stations to start operations independently.
The mega project is set to be completed in 10 years, up from seven years previously.