Category Archives: KVMRT – Klang Valley MRT

MRT Corp eyes 400,000 commuters for Line 1

Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp)is looking at a daily passenger load of about 400,000 for the 51-kilometre Line 1 of the rail transport system from Sungai Buloh to Kajang.

Its acting chief executive officer, Haris Fadzilah Hassan, said the company has purchased 58 sets of trains from Siemens AG, with the first expected to be delivered in September this year for a trial run.

The trains cost RM 1.37 billion, which was part of the RM23 billion cost of the whole MRT Line 1 project, he said.

“Each train unit is capable of transporting about 300 passengers. Each trip will have four sets of trains with the total capacity of 1,200 passengers and at 3.5-minute intervals, operating from 6am to midnight,” he told reporters after a
walkabout session in Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur today.

Haris said the company hoped that the project, when completed in July 2017, would help ease traffic congestion in the city centre.

“MRT Corp will also be working with other public transportation providers and relevant stakeholders to integrate the systems, to solve problems from the first to the last mile,” he said.

On the underground work at Bukit Bintang, he said, it was part of the 9.5-km stretch of underground work from Jalan Semantan to Maluri costing RM8.28 billion.

“There will be seven stations underground and Bukit Bintang is one of them,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the traffic management plan, MRT Corp’s Director of Strategic Communications and Public Relations, Amir Mahmood Razak, who led the walkabout, said various measures were implemented to ensure smooth traffic flow.

He said a stretch of 150 metres from the junction of Jalan Sultan Ismail involving two lanes had been realigned towards the right side of the road facing the row of shop lots between McDonald’s and KFC Restaurant.

“It is now reverted to its original alignment after being diverted to the left side of the road since Oct 16, 2012,” Amir said.

Amir said any added traffic congestion could also be due to other reasons as multiple projects were on-going in the area and motorists were also constantly parking illegally.– Bernama

First breakthrough for MRT project

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PETALING JAYA: The ongoing construction for the Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line within the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network marked an important milestone today after the first of nine Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) made the MRT project’s first breakthrough at the underground KL Sentral Station worksite.

The machine involved is an Earth Pressure Balance TBM named Semantan 1, which was launched earlier at the Semantan North Portal on June 13.

The breakthrough follows an excavation of about 1.4km, boring a 6m diameter tunnel for trains that will head north towards Sungai Buloh.

The machine will now undergo maintenance works at the KL Sentral Station worksite before being relaunched for tunnelling through to the Pasar Seni worksite next year.

A total of nine TBMs will be used to bore the tunnel for the 9.5km underground alignment of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT Line with seven underground stations.

They consist of four Earth Pressure Balance TBMs, which will be used for the Kenny Hills geological formation and five Variable Density TBMs for the Kuala Lumpur Limestone geological formation. The underground works contractor is MMC Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd.

Currently, seven TBMs are operational for the MRT Project at various stages of tunnelling. They are monitored by personnel who are stationed directly above where the TBMs excavate.

The first TBM was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Cochrane Launch Shaft on May 30, indicating the start of excavation works.

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RM4bil spent on MRT, progress rate at 29%

RM4bil spent on MRT

KUALA LUMPUR: Mass Rapid Transit Corp Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) has spent about RM4bil on the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), which has reached progress rate of 28.55%.

CEO Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid said MRT Corp had raised some RM6.4bil from its sukuk issuance.

In addition, he said MRT Corp has been paying its contractors on time and has pushed its contractors to submit certificate of completion and compliance in order for them to claim payment.

“The contractors are not unhappy. They are paid on time. We have not received one complaint,” Azhar said in an update briefing on the MRT yesterday.

He estimated the cost for construction and systems for the Sungai Buloh-Kajang line project at RM23bil.

Azhar said RM3.1bil was initially expected to be spent for land acquisition cost. However, the Government saved some RM1.5bil as MRT Corp signed mutual agreement to co-exist, without acquiring some properties.

On risk of cost overrun, Azhar said it remained a concern for MRT Corp. “We monitor our risk every day. It is a daily concern for us.”

He noted that its project delivery partner, MMC-Gamuda KVMRT (T) Sdn Bhd, was also responsible for on time delivery and cost.

Azhar said he was satisfied with the progress of the 51km MRT line so far.

“We are on track to begin operation of phase one between Sungai Buloh and Semantan stations by Dec 31, 2016 and the remainder of the line from Semantan to Kajang by July 31, 2017,” he said.

Nevertheless, Azhar said he would like to see better progress of the project to “build enough buffer” in case it encountered any problem in the later stage of the project.

In total, MRT Corp has awarded 68 of the total 86 Klang Valley MRT packages.

Azhar said the remaining 18 packages has a total value of RM2bil, adding that out of the 18, five packages have been called and was currently in progress.

MRT Corp project director Marcus Karakashian said five tunnel-boring machines were currently in operation and has been performing well with good tunnelling rate.

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MRT Corp confident first phase route will begin operations in 2016

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 8): Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT
Corp) has expressed its confidence that the first phase of the MRT route will
begin operation in December 2016 followed by the second phase in July

MRT Corp strategic communications and public relations director Amir
Mahmood Razak said this optimism was based on uninterrupted
construction works – thanks to the efficiency of all parties involved.

To ensure safety and smooth traffic flow in the vicinity of construction sites, he
said MRT Corp provided facilities for emergency rescue team to response to
public complaints and emergency cases.

Covered pedestrian walkways are being built while notices on road closure
are placed around project sites, he said after visiting the Maluri MRT Station
in Cheras here today.

The first MRT route (Sungai Buloh-Kajang) involved two phases, namely
Sungai Buloh to Semantan (phase one) and Semantan to Kajang (phase

GAMUDA BERHAD – Expect KVMRT 2 Approval By End-2013


From Public Invest Research – Gamuda’s RM3.5bn outstanding orderbook, mainly from KVMRT Line 1 (tunneling) worth RM3.4bn and the rest from Double Tracking, which is at its tail end. Construction for KVMRT 1 is progressing well, will all the Tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) delivered. Four TBMs started tunneling, with another 2 expected to be mobillised on site by end-2013. We understand that KVMRT 2 (worth c.RM25bn) is expected to get formal approval by end-2013 and the Group is targeting similar role i.e. underground works and PDP for elevated portion. Gamuda estimates 2-year lead time before it can start building the second line. Separately, we understand that disposal of SPLASH should see closure by 1Q2014. As for the expressway concessions, Gamuda is weighing other options after the proposed sale to the Government seemed to be breaking down.