Jacobs secures role on $7bn rail project in Malaysia

Dallas-based Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded the role of lead trackwork design consultant for the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya (SSP) Line in Malaysia.

It is Jacobs’ first big Malaysian job, and the firm will work with a Chinese-led consortium.

The KVMRT project involves the construction of a rail-based public transport network comprised of three lines. The SSP Line, which is the second mass rapid transit line to be developed, has an estimated construction cost of approximately $7.6bn. A station under construction on the line is pictured above.

The award comes after Jacobs’ targeting of the transportation sector in southeast Asia using its UK and Australia resources.

Jacobs will work with the China Communications and Construction Company (CCCC) and George Kent (GK) Joint Venture, which was awarded the approximately $234m contract for the engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of track work, maintenance vehicles and work trains on the MRT SSP Line by MRT Corporation.

"This follows our deliberate investment in the transportation sector in South East Asia, mobilising capabilities from the UK and Australia to support our clients in projects with an increasing level of scale and complexity," said Patrick Hill, Jacobs’ buildings and infrastructure senior vice president.

The MRT SSP Line will be approximately 32.4 miles in length, with 8.4 miles of rail in tunnels and the remaining on elevated structures. It will include 26 elevated stations, 11 underground stations and a maintenance depot. The line will serve a corridor with a population of nearly two million people.

Jacobs’ services include the design of trackwork, emergency walkways, cable containment systems and stray current control systems. The project will be delivered in accordance with international systems engineering and assurance practices to ensure a fully interfaced and compliant design.

Jacobs will provide design support services throughout the construction period and use building information modeling (BIM) to support a fully integrated digital engineering approach.

Image: MRT SSP Platform at Kwasa Damansara, Malaysia, December 2016 (Sirap bandung/CC BY-SA 4.0)

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