KUALA LUMPUR, March 25— Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) has awarded the RM1.44 billion viaduct work package for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line to Ahmad Zaki Sdn Bhd, a unit of Ahmad Zaki Resources Bhd (AZRB).
The work package is for the construction and completion of the viaduct guideway and other associated works for a 4.5-kilometre (km) stretch of the SSP Line elevated guideway from Persiaran Dagang to Jinjang, Kuala Lumpur, it said in a statement.
MRT Corp Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Shahril Mokhtar said it was very significant that the first work package for the project was awarded to a Bumiputera company.
He said Ahmad Zaki was pre-qualified to tender for the SSP Line work package since it is currently involved in the work package contractor for the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line for Work Package V6.
“The Bumiputera participation target set by the Government was increased to 45 per cent of the total value of all work packages for the SSP Line, up from 43 per cent for the SBK Line.
“With this award, construction of the SSP Line is truly on the way,” he added.
The award was made following a One Stop Procurement Committee meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently.
To date, contracts awarded to Bumiputera contractors for the SBK Line were at 50 per cent, surpassing the 43 per cent target set by the government, he added.
Shahril said the successful tender was determined on a best evaluated tender basis, where the tender was evaluated on technical and commercial aspects.
“As such, the successful tender might not necessarily be the tender with the lowest price.
“However, in this case, the successful tender had scored the highest in both areas, emerging best in the technical evaluation and having the lowest price among the three tenders received,” he said.
MRT Corp said it will be issuing the Letter of Award to the successful contractor soon.
The 52.2km SSP Line includes a 13.5km underground portion. It will have 37 stations, of which 11 are underground stations.
There are a total of 66 work packages being tendered for the construction of the SSP Line including 10 viaduct guideway packages, one underground works package, two depot work packages, 10 station work packages and 15 multi-storey park and ride work packages.
The remaining tenders are for advance works, connectivity, systems, designated suppliers and designated contractors.