EAST COAST RAIL LINE (ECRL) MARKET SENSING DRAWS KEEN INTEREST
RFI exercise closes with 27 submissions
Kuala Lumpur, 1 June 2016 – The joint Request for Information (RFI) exercise on the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) by Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) and the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC), which closed last week received 27 submissions from companies and consortia across the global railway value chain.
Initiated on 15 March 2016, the RFI attracted 16 submissions from South East Asia, 6 from Europe, 2 from East Asia and 1 each from South Asia, North America and Australia representing entities dealing with infrastructure and construction, technical consultancy, rolling stock, systems and project financing.
SPAD Chief Executive Officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Sah said that the Commission welcomes industry interest in this project that is potentially poised to further enhance connectivity and spur economic growth for the East Coast region.
“The RFI was designed as a consultation exercise to seek industry opinion and market feedback for the project, as SPAD and ECERDC are at the early stage of gauging its feasibility. These submissions from industry players will enable both agencies to evaluate various business and technical models, procurement strategies and alternatives in order to develop a clearer view on the project’s viability,” he said.
“Upon concluding the overall evaluation of the project’s feasibility, both SPAD and ECERDC will then present the findings to the Government”.
Spanning a distance of 600km, the ECRL line which is 538.6km long is expected to run from Kuala Lumpur to Tumpat with stops at Bentong, Mentakab, Jengka, Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bharu, while the cargo spurlines spanning 61.5km will cover Bukit Besi, Kemaman Port, and Kuantan Port.