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Old December 19th, 2011, 06:17 AM   #641
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KUALA LUMPUR: KTM Bhd (KTMB) plans to acquire 20 sets of electric coaches at an estimated cost of RM1bil to support its electric train services (ETS) connecting Padang Besar and Johor Baru.

President Dr Aminuddin Adnan said the move would change intercity travelling in the country as well as turn around the loss-making national railway company.

Since the introduction of the ETS about 1 years ago, KTMB has been able to provide premium standard of commuting that was reliable, comfortable and fast.

“The Government has allowed KTMB to charge a higher fare for the ETS service. I think the people are willing to pay more as long as the service is good and the ETS has received overwhelming response from the public,” he told StarBiz.

Currently, the ETS only operates the Ipoh-Kuala Lumpur-Seremban route.

Once the entire double track project is completed in 2016, KTMB would be to offer more destinations.

Aminuddin said intercity travel between Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth could be shortened to 3 hours from the current six to seven hours, once the ETS is ready for that route.

“I think it is reasonable to have fully-electrified train services from Padang Besar to Johor Baru and the Government is supportive of this. The Government has agreed, in principle, for the purchase of additional electric coaches.

“Electric trains have lower operational cost and faster turnaround time, the usage of the ETS should be able generate some profits.

“We will convert the intercity services to ETS in stages. Now we are still using diesel-powered locomotives,” he said.

“We have been able to generate RM24mil in revenue using the ETS compared with the shuttle service which only generated RM8mil a year. We have plans to increase the frequency of the ETS which may generate RM20mil more in revenue. The ETS is currently operating on only five sets of electric coaches,” he said.

On rail cargo services, Aminuddin said the demand had always been there, but KTMB faced some constraint on capacity due to the construction of the double-tracking projects.

“Once the double-tracking is completed, the demand for rail cargo services would also go up as there is a lot of advantages comapred with road haulage.

“It would reduce road congestions, accidents and lower the Government's diesel subsidy. I hope the Government would support this move via incentives to encourage the use of rail cargo transportation,” he said.

The Kuala Lumpur-Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur-Seremban electric double-tracking projects have been completed while the Seremban-Gemas and Ipoh-Padang Besar are 80% and 70% completed respectively.

The Seremban-Gemas stretch is expected to be finished next year while the Ipoh-Padang Besar stretch by the end of 2013.

On other measures to turn the company around, Aminuddin said KTMB should operate like an aviation company where the assets were not purchase but leased out and the airport was managed by another company.

“If the maintenance of our tracks is managed by another entity, KTMB could fully focus on operational excellence and efficiency. It could also be an avenue to create extra income for the Government if the tracks are used by a second or third operator,” he said.

Aminuddin was the long process of acquiring spare parts was also affecting KTMB operational efficiency and revenue

“If a train breaks down you will need the spare parts by tomorrow, but because of the purchasing bureaucracy it would take three months before we get the parts. KTMB will lose three months of revenue. Each locomotive on average can generate about RM100,000 per day,” he said.

Aminuddin said KTMB's fares (besides the ETS) have not been revised for the last 10 years.

“We also cannot push for an increase the fares unless the services are improved. If we increased them now, it would create a public outcry,” he said. KTMB is undergoing a two-year corporate restructuring programme.

“We have recommended the names of the consultants to the Government and we are now waiting for approval,” he said.

The cost-saving measures as well as the restructure of KTMB loan would also include the restructure plan.

“Our loan currently stands at about RM1bil,” he said.
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Sharen KaurPublished: 2012/01/04
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The winner for the contract to build the Gemas-Johor Baru electrified double-track railway line will only be known in March, government sources said.

Three Chinese companies were earlier shortlisted for the RM8 billion project known as the Gemas-Johor Baru Electrified Double Tracking Project (EDTP).

They are China Railway Engineering Co (CREC), China Railway Construction Co (CRCC) and China Communication Construction Co (CCCC). The three are subsidiaries of China’s Ministry of Railway.

The Ministry of Transport said recently the rail link was still in the design process and its minister, Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said he was not aware of any contract being awarded yet despite unconfirmed news saying the government has decided winner of the tender.

The Gemas-Johor Baru project includes the building of 197km of parallel railway tracks, stations, depots, halts, yards and bridges and covers systems such as electrification, signalling and communications.

The rail project would be the final link in the EDTP with the other links being the Ipoh-Padang Besar and Seremban-Gemas railway line.

Beijing-based CREC was given a letter of intent (LOI) for the southern sector by the Malaysian government on a G-to-G deal in 2004, in exchange of palm oil and offshore financing by the Chinese government.

India’s Indian Railway (Ircon) was given the LOI for the northern sector from Ipoh to Padang Besar.

However, because of the economic crisis in 2007, the Malaysian government withdrew both the LOIs.

The government later awarded the Ipoh to Padang Besar contract to Gamuda-MMC JV at RM12.45 billion through a direct negotiation basis.

In 2008, Ircon was given the southern sector from Seremban to Gemas for RM3.45 billion.

During several recent visits by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to China, he had declared that the sector between Gemas and Johor Baru will be given to a Chinese company.

As Malaysia was no longer entitled to Chinese government soft loan financing, the Malaysian government decided to award the contract based on restricted closed invited tender.

According to a source, CREC, CRCC and CCCC were recommended to be given approval to participate in the invited tender, which is expected to be called in this month.

It was also suggested that based on bilateral relations with China, one of the Chinese companies will be selected for direct negotiation based on its local company participation.

"CREC would be the favourite to win as it is the initial party appointed by China and has spent some RM10 million during 2004 before the project was cancelled.

"The key local company involved will be the main selection criterion by the government," the source said.

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Gemas-JB rail project: Malaysian govt in final talks with firm
By Balan Moses Published: 2012/01/06
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The Malaysian government is in the final stages of discussions with a Chinese company that is going to be awarded the RM8 billion Gemas-Johor Baru Electrified Double Tracking Project (EDTP).

Chinese ambassador to Malaysia, Chai Xi, said he had "personally heard" that this was the latest development on the matter.

"The Chinese side (Chinese government) has not yet been informed of the choice of company that will undertake the project," he said when commenting on whether a decision had been made in the choice of company to undertake the mega project.

"The embassy here has also not received any news saying that the Malaysian government has made a decision on which company will be awarded the project."

The two front-runners are the China Railway Engineering Co (CREC) and the China Railway Construction Co (CRCC), both having proven track records in the field in China.

A third company - China Communication Construction Co (CCCC) had also been shortlisted for the project while a fourth company, China Road and Bridges Corp (CRBC), was reported to be in the running for the job.

Business Times had reported on Wednesday that the winner for the project will be known in March and that CREC was the favourite to land the contract.

Chai said both companies were eminently qualified to undertake the project as they had the experience after carrying out many large railway projects in China.

"It is high time that Chinese companies come to Malaysia to carry out major infrastructure projects, given their strength in the field,' he said, adding that the Chinese government had impressed on the Malaysian government the need to keep in mind the track record of the company that would be given the project.

"We have told the Malaysian side that they should keep in mind the qualifications and reputation of the company concerned when making the final decision in the matter."

Chai said a working group was set up after Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao's visit here in April last year to look into identifying major infrastructural projects in Malaysia to be carried out by Chinese companies.

"During Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's visit to Nanning, China, last October, prime minister Wen said that China would, if necessary, support the funding of infrastructure projects in Malaysia including the construction of roads and railway lines."

He said this indicated the keen interest that China and companies there had in undertaking projects in Malaysia which they saw as a viable place to do business.

The project which includes the building of 197km of parallel railway tracks, stations, depots, halts, yards and bridges also covers systems such as electrification, signalling and communications.
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The Govt should consider a PDP for the Gemas-JB double track job
Raison D'etre - Risen Jayaseelan Tuesday February 21, 2012
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NOT only has the award of the Electrified Double Tracking Project (EDTP) for the Gemas to Johor Baru link been delayed, it has unintentionally drawn controversy.

One recent foreign press report alluded that there has been a bit of chopping and changing by the authorities here on which party is to be awarded the main job for building the double track.

True or not, the fact remains that the 200km or so double-tracking project from Gemas to Johor Baru, costing about RM8bil, is the only portion of the North-South double-track railway project that is still unawarded.

To recall, it has already been agreed on a government-to-government basis that the main contractor for the project will be one of three shortlisted Chinese companies. These are namely, China Railyway Engineering Co, China Railway Construction Co and China Communication Construction Co. All three are subsidiaries of China's Ministry of Railway

Not taking anything away from that agreement, perhaps the Malaysian government ought to consider having a strong local party to become the project delivery partner (PDP) for the Gemas-Johor Baru double track project.

Here's why: Firstly, the role of the PDP has its clear advantages, although admittedly, many including this writer have been critics of it.

But you can't take away the merits of the PDP, which has become clearer over time, especially in light of its first major application in Malaysia the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) project.

The most significant aspect of the PDP is that the party playing that role assumes the risks of delays and cost overruns. The PDP is not the main contractor and so having the PDP in the Gemas-JB double track can still fulfill the government-to-government agreement of having a Chinese party as the main contractor.

For its role of assuming the project and financial risk, the PDP is to be paid a fee for this. But that fee would certainly be worth it (from the standpoint of the project owner) as the presence of the PDP reduces the ugly prospects of cost overruns and delays.

Far too often, in past government-initiated infrastructure projects in Malaysia, delays and cost overruns had become the norm.

An often, the Government had to dig deep into its coffers to bail out such projects.

So what the presence of the PDP brings to the table is that the Government is shielded from the financial risks of these projects.

Secondly, the PDP would remove much of the jockeying and bad press in relation to the Gemas-JB double track project.

The appointed PDP would largely determine who the main contractedparty should be because it is in the PDP's interest that the project gets delivered on time and within budget. Hence the most attractive party would be picked as the main contractor and so on.

This way, no one can fault the Government for say, siding one Chinese company over another. And the Government itself is removed from the entire process of having to make this selection.

What the Government has to do though is to pick the right PDP partner for the project.

It has to be one with the right expertise and track record in this area plus the balance sheet strength to assume the risks it would take on as the PDP.

By having a local party as the PDP, it is assumed that there would be less problems in areas such as integration with existing systems.

Also (and drawing a leaf from the KVMRT again) the Gemas-JB EDTP project should include the presence of the independent checking engineers (ICE) and value management consultants (VMC) to act as checks and balances.

The ICE monitors the progress of the project and its input is needed before contractors are paid. It is also tasked with safety aspects of the project.

The VMC is an independent party that would scrutinise the project plans and ensure that the optimum value is derived.

No doubt all these consultants, including the PDP would be paid a fee for their work.

But that's a fee that would surely be worth every sen if the PDP and the other consultants, can clear up the problems of the Gemas-JB double track and get this project going at last.

News editor Risen Jayaseelan still hopes that once the double track is fully in place,
it will be used at its optimum level before any decision is made on the other mega
infrastructure project, the high speed rail link.


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SPAD takes lead to draft railway standards
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has taken the lead to draft the railway standards guideline in Malaysia covering many components and in the process standardizing safety standards for the railway industry.

Its Chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said these components are rolling stock, signalling, traction power system, and communications.

He said setting the standards for such an important industry was part of the benchmarking process which is very important as Malaysia aspires to become a developed nation.

"Our nation requires the expertise of qualified and experienced rail operators, manufacturers, suppliers and local agents, all of which are critical components that binds together to create the backbone of a successful railway system.

"I believe that we have the rail experts with us today to ensure that appropriate standards are applied in further improving the efficiency of Malaysia's rail network," he said when opening a Seminar on International Railway Standards here, today.

Also present were the President of KTMB Dr Aminuddin Adnan and Director of Railway International Standards Center of Japan, Hiroshi Tanaka.

He said the International Standardization would allow for greater collaboration and engagement between various parties where the contractors, service providers, operators, government and regulators look at the standards, so that they can learn from the knowledge and experience of each other.

Meanwhile, Tanaka in his speech said the international standards are important not only for the purpose of development but also for further enhancing and improving services for the travellers as well as for exchange of ideas to collaborate new technology advancement in the industry.

"By international standards, items from around the world can be used in one's home country. On the other hand, items from one's home country can be put into marketplaces around the world," he said. - Bernama
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Alor Setar, Ipoh, Johor Bahru, Kangar, Kota Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuantan, Kuala Terengganu, Kuching, Seremban, Shah Alam, etc!
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Old February 28th, 2012, 05:56 PM   #654
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KTM - Electrified Double Track Between Ipoh-Padang Besar
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Old February 29th, 2012, 04:27 PM   #655
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Any idea if the Batu Caves extension might be the start of a further extension to Mentakab and (by extension again) to Kuantan? It seems likely on the map and sounds like a good idea but somehow I don't think that was the plan for extending to Batu Caves.
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 10:29 AM   #656
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MALAYSIAN KTM ELECTRIFIED DOUBLE TRACK (EDT)
as of March 2012
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CURRENT LENGHT
TOTAL: 292.5km
- Ipoh-Rawang - 179 km
- Rawang-Seremban - 105km
- Seremban-Sungai Gadut - 8.5 km

UNDER CONSTRUCTIONS
TOTAL: 415.8km
- Sungai Gadut-Gemas - 86.8km
- Ipoh-Padang Besar - 329km

COMING SOON
- Gemas-Johor Bahru - 197km
KTM ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICE (KTM ETS)
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The Twin Brother :d by Toraja Bali ~ only hope, on Flickr
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ETS @ iPoh Station by shanim, on Flickr
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ETS @ KL Sentral station by JakTransport (Bangkrut!), on Flickr
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Tanjong Malim KTMB Station by lekir, on Flickr
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Cornfield, oil palms, rubber trees by A satan incarnate, on Flickr
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It will be a great rail transportation in Malaysia.
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A preview of the new six carriage long KTM Komuter train from China (by me)

Location : KL Sentral - Kajang

Boarding the train



This is the face of the new train



Cockpit





Dynamic route map, based on GPS



Space for wheelchair-bound passengers and power plugs for laptops


Train driver



Destination sign on the side of the train



Seating






Top speed



The train is built in China, by CSR Zhuzhou. The electrical components and train management system supplied by Siemens. It will serve as commuter trains around Greater Kuala Lumpur area (Klang Valley).
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Nice pics of the SCS. Hope they get into service fully soon and stay reliable!
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Nice pics of the SCS. Hope they get into service fully soon and stay reliable!
It went into revenue service yesterday (8/3). Four sets entered revenue service. 16 sets are now in Malaysia. 22 sets to be delivered in stages.
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