SPAD/LTA – Kuala Lumpur to Singapore High Speed Rail Line – Malaysia - Project Profile

SPAD/LTA – Kuala Lumpur to Singapore High Speed Rail Line – Malaysia - Project Profile


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The Land Public Transport Commission, Malaysia (SPAD) and SG HSR Pte Ltd (SG HSR) a subsidiary of Land Transport Authority of Singapore are jointly construct a High-Speed Rail (HSR) Line between Malaysia and Singapore.

The project involves the construction of a 350km HSR line between Malaysia and Singapore. The project implemented in three phases they are pre-construction, construction, and operational phase.

It includes the construction of eight stations namely Bandar Malaysia, Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, Batu Pahat, Iskandar Puteri and Singapore, depots, yards, tunnels and 23m high bridge at Strait of Johor, the laying of rail tracks and the installation of cover systems such as electrification, signalling and communications.

The proposed line will run mostly above ground in Malaysia and underground in Singapore.

In September 2010, the project was announced as one of the entry point projects (EPPs) under the Greater KL/Klang Valley National Key Economic Area (NKEA) of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd (MyHSR) has been appointed as an associate developer for the project.

Following the completion of a pre-feasibility study conducted from June to August 2011, the Government of Malaysia approved the SPAD to conduct a detailed feasibility study.

The project is planned to be developed under public-private partnership (PPP) model with private finance initiative (PFI), based on which the private consortium will fund, build and operate the system.

McKinsey has been appointed as cost consultant. In August 2011, SPAD appointed AT Kearney Inc. to undertake the feasibility study.

In May 2012, SPAD appointed Minconsult Sdn Bhd to undertake the feasibility study.

In August 2013, SPAD finalized the report on the project and in December 2013, Singapore and Malaysia agreed to form a joint work group, formed under the purview of the Joint Ministerial Committee for Iskandar Malaysia to discuss and jointly recommend requirements for the project.

On April 11, 2014, LTA invited consultants to undertake engineering feasibility study for the Singapore section of the project.

On July 25, 2014, Arup Singapore Private Ltd, was appointed as engineering feasibility study consultant.

In May 2015, Turner & Townsend was appointed as cost consultant and will be working with sub-consultant KPMG.

In October 2015, LTA and SPAD invited request for information from interested firms; 150 parties expressed their interest for the project out of which 14 firms were shortlisted.

MyHSR invited proposals for Technical Advisory Services, with May 6, 2016, as the submission due date.

In May 2016, a Chinese consortium, led by China Railway Corp includes China Railway Rolling Stock Corp, China Railway Construction, and China Railway Signal & Communication Corp shown interest for bidding the project and working on details to carry out the project. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Siemens, and Alstom also expressed interest in the project.

On July 19, 2016, A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between Malaysia and Singapore to cover technical parameters of the project including the commercial model, customs clearance, safety and security, the regulatory framework, as well as project management.

Both the governments will set a joint development partner to coordinate project planning and development activities.

On March 10, 2016, CH2M Hill and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) has been appointed as technical consultants. Ashurst is appointed as legal adviser.

On August 22, 2016, the tender was issued to appoint a Joint Development Partner (JDP) with submission deadline October 17, 2016. JDP will provide technical advice on HSR project management support and systems and operations, development of the technical and safety standards for the project and support to the joint project team, established by LTA and MyHSR, to prepare documents for the tenders relating to the joint aspects of the project.

Eight companies submitted bids for JDP are as follows:

- Arcadis Projeks Sdn Bhd;

- Fluor Daniel International (M) Sdn Bhd;

- JV of Taiwan High-Speed Rail Corporation and CECI Engineering Consultants, Inc., Taiwan;

- JV of AECOM Perunding Sdn Bhd, AECOM Singapore Pte Ltd, KPMG Services Pte Ltd, Systra SA and Systra MVA Singapore Pte Ltd;

- JV of Hill International Holdings Pte Ltd and Italferr S.p.A; PM Link Pte Ltd;

- JV of WS Atkins International Limited and Sener Ingenieria Y Sistemas S.A.;

- JV of WSP Engineering Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Mott MacDonald (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, and Ernst & Young Advisory Services Sdn Bhd.

On August 29, 2016, the tender was issued for advanced engineering study with submission deadline as October 24, 2016, which received bids from six companies as follows:

- AECOM Singapore Pte. Ltd;

- Arup Singapore Private Limited;

- Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd;

- JV of Mott MacDonald Singapore Pte Limited / DP Architects Pte. Ltd;

- Parsons Brinckerhoff Pte. Ltd;

- Surbana Jurong Infrastructure Pte. Ltd.

On December 13, 2016, a bilateral agreement was signed between Singapore and Malaysia.

On January 6, 2017, MyHSR issued tenders for the ground control point (GCP) survey under two packages with the submission deadline February 13, 2017, survey works will include the installation of the GCP monuments and establishing a common reference point between the National Grid, the State Grid, and the HSR Project Grid.

On February 8, 2017, AECOM Singapore Pte. Ltd was appointed as a consulting engineer with contract value worth US$25 million and the scope of work includes advanced engineering study, architecture, civil engineering and M&E services.

On February 16, 2017, LTA and MyHSR appointed a consortium of WSP Engineering Malaysia, Mott MacDonald Malaysia, and Ernst & Young Advisory Services as a joint development partner for the project.

On April 3, 2017, MyHSR awarded six contracts for civil reference design consultant.

- Sy­stra S.A., to design international stations at Bandar Malaysia and Iskandar Puteri

- Jacobs Engineering Services Bhd., to design five domestic stations in Malaysia at Putrajaya, Seremban, Ayer Keroh, Muar, and Batu Pahat

- Systra S.A., civil works between Bandar Malaysia Station State border between Selangor and Negeri Sembilan

- Ranhill Consulting Sdn. Bhd., civil works between Selangor and Negeri Sembilan to the State border between Melaka and Johor

- HSS Integrated Sdn. Bhd., civil works between Melaka and Johor to the northern end of the station throat at Iskandar Puteri Station

- AECOM, civil works from Iskandar Puteri Station to the International Border between Malaysia and Singapore, including the crossing

On April 20, 2017, MyHSR issued a tender for HSR Industry Development Blueprint, with a submission deadline of May 22, 2017. However, the contract is yet to be awarded.

In May 2017, Systra and Meinhardt were awarded as a Reference Design Consultant contracts for the project. The first contract (RDC01) covers the civil reference design works of the two international stations in Malaysia, Bandar Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and Iskandar Puteri at the Southern end of the Malaysian alignment. The second contract (RDC03) covers the civil reference design works covering the first 38km from Bandar Malaysia Station to the state border between Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.

On May 25, 2017, MyHSR issued tender for the Urban Design Guidelines for developments surrounding HSR stations with the submission deadline on July 7, 2017.

On June 13, 2017, Jurukur Perunding Services Sdn Bhd was awarded the Ground Control Point Survey Works Package 1, and Teraju Ukur for Package 2.

On September 26, 2017, a second industry briefing held in London for firms interested in bidding for a key tender.

On November 17, 2017, MyHSR issued tender for to appoint a new social impact assessment (SIA) consultant for the project. The appointed contractor will be responsible for carrying out an independent assessment of the social and environmental impact of the high-speed rail project’s implementation. The SIA study is a mandatory under the Town and Country Plan Act 1976 (Act 172).

On November 22, 2017, MyHSR issued tender for the Project Delivery Partner (PDP) with the submission deadline of December 4, 2017. The scope of the contract includes overall project management, detailed design, procurement planning and construction management, testing and commissioning of infrastructure, interface and stakeholder engagement, assisting in the planning of tunnels, and provision of knowledge transfer for operation and maintenance.

On December 20, 2017, tenders for the privately financed asset company (AssetsCo) was issued with the submission deadline as June 29, 2018. The 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 (e.g. track-work, power, signaling and telecommunications). It will also coordinate the system’s network capacity for operations and maintenance needs.

The bids are being submitted by the Chinese, Japanese, South Koreans and a European team.

The one to emerge in the running for the 30-year concession is the Chinese team led by China Railway Rolling Stock with 8 state-owned companies behind it, includes:

CRRC Corporation Ltd

China Railway Construction Corporation

China Railway Signal and Communication

Export-Import Bank of China

The Korean team is led by Korean Railway Corporation in partnership with Hyundai Rotem.

The Japanese team is led by JR East and Sumitomo Corporation, with 9 other consortium members, including:

Taisei Corp – infrastructure company/transit development

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – asset/operating company

Hitachi – asset/operating company

Toshiba – asset/operating company

Mitsui Fudosan – transit development

Daiwa House – transit development

Nikken Sekkei – transit development

NEC – security

The European team is led by Siemens working alongside Alstom and George Kent Engineering.

In January 2018, ERE Consulting Group has been appointed as SIA consultant for the project.

Land acquisition process in Malaysia and Reference design work on the project are ongoing. Simultaneously, MyHSR is in the process of issuing tenders for different contracts and the PDP and AssetsCo contracts are expected to be awarded in 2018. Construction work is expected to commence in 2018 and to be completed by the end of 2026.


The project involves the construction of a 350km high-speed rail link between Malaysia and Singapore.

The US$15,000 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of eight stations

2. Construction of depots

3. Construction of railway yards

4. Construction of tunnels and 23m high bridge

5. Installation of electrification, signalling and communication systems

6. Installation of elevators and escalators

7. Installation of safety systems

8. Laying of rail tracks

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