MRL – East Coast Rail Link – Malaysia - Project Profile

MRL – East Coast Rail Link – Malaysia - Project Profile


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Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) is undertaking the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project in Malaysia.

The project involves the construction of a 620km standard-gauge railway line with 23 stations. The line will be implemented between Port Klang in Selangor to the east coast state of Kelantan. It will connect Mentakab in Pahang, Dungun (Terengganu) and Tumpat in Kelantan.

The project will have three phases - from Port Klang to the Integrated Transport Terminal (ITT) in Gombak; from ITT Gombak to Dungun; and from Dungun to Tumpat.

The project will include the construction of new railway stations, bridges, viaducts, interchange sections and passageways, the installation of signaling and safety systems, and the laying of rail tracks.

In early 2014, YTL Corp Bhd, MMC Corp Bhd, Gamuda Bhd, Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd, UEM Group Bhd and WCT Holdings Bhd have shown interest to undertake the development of the project.

The feasibility study has been undertaken by the HSS Integrated Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of HSS Engineers Bhd, from 2009 to December 2015. HSS Integrated Sdn Bhd proposed 545km rail link from Kuala Lumpur to Tumpat, passing through Mentakab, Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu.

However, the government of Indonesia in early 2016 announced that the alignment of the rail link was increased from 545km in the original study to 620km, to link Kuantan Port and Port Klang, which would require 50km of tunneling work through the Titiwangsa mountain range.

Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) and the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) have launched a market sensing exercise on March 15, 2016, to gauge market interest and seek views via a Request for Information (RFI) with submission date as May 12, 2016.

The governments of China and Malaysia have signed Framework Financing Agreement and Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning (EPCC) Contract for the project on November 1, 2016. According to the agreement, Export-Import Bank of China will provide project financing and China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) and China Communications Construction Company (M) Sdn Bhd (CCCCM) will undertake the EPCC works for the project.

In December 2016, 85% of the project financed with soft loans from Export-Import Bank of China.

MRL received conditional approval from SPAD on March 2, 2017, for the project development.

On May 13, 2017, MRL signed the supplementary agreement (made amendments to the existing agreement) to the November 1, 2016, agreement with CCCC and CCCCM for the second phase (ITT Gombak to Dungun) of the project.

Public consultations on the project were held for three months from March 8, 2017, to June 5, 2017.

The project is still in planning phase. The final approval is expected by the end of the third quarter of 2017. Subject to approvals, the construction is expected to commence by late 2017 and scheduled to complete in June 2024.


The project involves the construction of a 620km standard-gauge railway line with 23 stations between Selangor and Kelantan in Malaysia.

The US$13,080 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of new railway stations

2. Construction of interchange sections

3. Construction of passage ways

4. Construction of bridges

5. Construction of viaducts

6. Installation of signaling and safety systems

7. Laying of rail tracksReasons To Buy

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