Thursday, June 24, 2010

Construction works for Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT extension lines to begin year-end

KUALA LUMPUR: Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (Prasana) hopes to start the first phase of construction for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) extension for both the Kelana Jaya and the Ampang lines by this year-end, Prasana managing director Datuk Idrose Mohamed said during a media briefing on Thursday, June 24.The construction is expected to be completed in three years.
A pre-bid briefing with 17 pre-qualified contractors was held on June 22, and they are required to submit the tender six weeks after the site visit on June 27.
"We will then take about two-and-a-half to three months to evaluate the tender submissions and work will commence after that," Idrose said.
However, he did not reveal the expected value of the construction works.
Among the pre-qualified contractors are Sunway Construction Sdn Bhd, Gamuda Bhd, UEM Builders Bhd and MRCB Bhd.
The Facilities Works comprises two main contracts - Package A and B -- which involve the construction of the infrastructure components such as the guideway, piers and stations, and the casting and delivery of segmental box girders for both lines.
Tenders for Package B and other nominated subcontract packages such as for the stations, escalators and lifts, supply of guideway parapets and multi-storey car parks for Park & Ride will be called at a later date.
Earlier this month, Prasarana obtained sectional approval for the Final Railway Scheme from the Department of Railways for the construction of the LRT extension, Idrose said.The approval for the Kelana Jaya line covers a distance of 12km, from Kelana Jaya Station to Station 10 (USJ Subang), while the approval for the Ampang line covers a distance of 15.2km from Sri Petaling Station to Station 11 (Taman Puchong Prima).The first phase of the construction works will initially cover a distance of 9.2km for the Kelana Jaya line from Kelana Jaya Station to Station 7 (USJ, Subang).Works for the Ampang line will cover a distance of 7.4km, stretching from Sri Petaling Station to Station 5 (Kinrara 3) .Idrose added that the construction process of the LRT extension is categorised as Advance Works, Facilities Works and System Works.The Advance Works involves the relocation of telecommunication cables, TNB low-voltage (underground) cables, TNB high-voltage transmission lines, water mains and sewerage pipes, as well as gas pipeline works.The letters of acceptance have been issued to four successful contractors for two lines, valued over RM90 million, for the low-voltage TNB cable and telecommunication relocation works package. The pre-bid briefing for another two packages - the relocation of gas pipelines, water and sewer services - was held on June 16.The System Works category comprises two packages, the Engineering, namely the Procurement and Construction (EPC) system works and signalling work for the Kelana Jaya line; and the Rolling Stock and EPC system works for the Ampang line. The tender for this category is expected to be launched in September.Meanwhile, Idrose said the new Kota Damansara-Cheras light rail transit (LRT) line, which was announced last September, might be revised to include Sungai Buloh and Kajang.He said Prasarana has finished the study and will propose the alignment to the Cabinet soon, but did not name any dates.

source: 24 June 2010

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