SINGAPORE — Three months after American engineering firm Aecom was appointed to design the Singapore infrastructure of the High-Speed Rail (HSR) link to Kuala Lumpur, two firms have been awarded contracts to design the two international stations within Malaysia and a rail line.
The global engineering firms, Systra and Meinhardt, announced on Thursday (May 12) that they were awarded two Reference Design Consultant (RDC) contracts by MyHSR Corporation, which is owned by the Malaysian
Ministry of Finance and is responsible for implementing the HSR project.
The first contract covers the civil reference design works of the two international stations — Bandar Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and Iskandar Puteri in Johor.
The second contract is for the civil reference design works covering the first 38km from Bandar Malaysia Station to the border between Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.
Systra, which has its headquarters in France, and Singapore-based Meinhardt will provide the full range of multi-disciplinary services and expertise required for the RDC contracts.
Mr Pierre Verzat, Systra’s chief executive officer, said: “This is a very prestigious project that all the world’s major engineering companies want to work on, and we are honoured to have been selected.”
Mr Omar Shahzad, Meinhardt Group’s chief executive officer, said: “This win gives a major impetus to our collaboration with Systra to leverage our complementary skillsets, capabilities and local presence across the transportation sector.”
In February, Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that Aecom, which has worked with the authorities here on several MRT lines, would be responsible for designing the Singapore infrastructure of the HSR project.
The American firm’s remit — spanning architectural, civil, electrical, mechanical and other design services — includes working out the alignment of the rail line within Singapore.
The 350km, eight-station HSR will cut travelling time between Singapore and Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, to 90 minutes compared with a near-five-hour drive under normal traffic conditions.
The project is scheduled to be completed by 2026.