daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > Infrastructure and Mobility Forums > Railways

Railways (Inter)national commuter and freight trains



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old November 9th, 2007, 06:33 PM   #181
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

Costs a concern in double-tracking project
Monday November 5, 2007
By FINTAN NG
TheStar


SOMETIME towards the end of the year or early next year, the multibillion-ringgit 329km double-tracking project running between Ipoh and Padang Besar will commence construction under a joint venture between MMC Corp Bhd and Gamuda Bhd. The project is scheduled for completion in five years.

Whenever mega-projects such as these are announced, cost is foremost in mind because it is tied to whether the project is feasible or commercially viable.

And since the revivification of the project was announced, a number of publications have come up with the merits and demerits of the project, recalling who was awarded what, at what price and what subsequently happened.

Let's not forget that the double-tracking line between Ipoh and Rawang, which was awarded to DRB-HICOM in 2000 at a cost of RM2.6bil and targeted for completion by 2003, had incurred cost overruns to the tune of RM700mil.

Let's not forget that the double-tracking line between Ipoh and Rawang, which was awarded to DRB-HICOM in 2000 at a cost of RM2.6bil and targeted for completion by 2003, had incurred cost overruns to the tune of RM700mil.

The problem-plagued project was finally taken over by UEM Builders Bhd two years ago and was recently completed. The line would start operating by early 2008.

To recap, MMC and Gamuda were jointly awarded the contract worth RM14.45bil in 2003 to construct two sections of the double-tracking system – Parcel A or the northern section running from Ipoh to Padang Besar, and Parcel B or the southern section running from Seremban to Johor Baru. The estimated cost for Parcel A then was RM9bil.

The two construction and infrastructure conglomerates had been awarded the project on the basis of their lowering the project costs from an estimated RM44bil, which was the cost put forward by two different consortia with Chinese and Indian companies participating.

It was shelved in December 2003, just months after Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi became the Prime Minister, in an effort to reduce the country's deficit.

In March this year, the Abdullah administration revived the project and started negotiations soon after with MMC and Gamuda for the northern section while the southern section, running from Seremban to Gemas, has been awarded to Indian Railway Construction Co (Ircon), the construction arm of Indian Railways, and a local company. Ircon was a participant in one of the consortia then.

While nothing has been finalised, the figure of RM12.45bil has been bandied around as the cost for the current project, which would only run from Ipoh to Padang Besar, as opposed to the previous award package, which included the southern section.

Between 2003 and now, the costs of construction materials have gone up. So it is no surprise that business publications began to speculate about the costs involved.

One publication even listed the estimated amount of materials to be used – 4.2 million tonnes of aggregate, 1.2 million tonnes of cement, 300,000 tonnes of steel and 5,000 units of plant, heavy machinery and vehicles.

According to Master Builders Association of Malaysia president Patrick Wong, it is not the price of construction materials that is the worry but the price of diesel, assuming that MMC and Gamuda utilised the existing railway line to transport the construction materials to their destinations. Transportation costs would make up more than half the cost of the construction materials, he said.








A model of the Ipoh Railway Station. The double-tracking project between
Ipoh and Padang Besar will commence construction soon and is scheduled
for completion in five years. Picture courtesy of Veritas Architects







Wong told StarBiz that the bulk of the costs would come from fuel consumption due to transportation and blasting in the sand quarries.

“That's the main costs and they usually account for more than half of the raw material costs,” Wong said, adding that diesel fuel price might go up even more, depending on crude oil price and the possible cut in the subsidy for fuel. Crude oil has been trading above US$90 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange for the better part of two weeks now.

He said that between 2003 and now, steel bars had more than doubled in price. They are now priced RM2,400 to RM2,500 per tonne in the “grey market” while the Government, last April, raised the official ceiling price of steel bars between RM1,837 and RM2,010 per tonne, an increase of 20%.

Wong said cement prices had gone up between 20% and 25% in the same period.








A KTM Komuter train running on a double track in Kepong. While the final
figure for the double-tracking railway project between Ipoh and Padang
Besar is still being finalised by the Government, some believe the will cost
RM12bil







An insider knowledgeable about the project said that as far as he knew, various factors such as the increase in construction material prices and the increase in the fuel price had already been factored into the total cost.

“Of course, it all depends on the scope of work, and the costing has to take into account that the northern section is longer and goes through some difficult terrain,” he added.













Another said that the project cost was the final hurdle. “We've spent a lot of time in meetings with the Economic Planning Unit and the Ministry of Transport on it,” he said.

“It'll be around the figure of RM12bil but we don't know what the final figure is till the Government approves it.”
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old November 9th, 2007, 06:33 PM   #182
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

Construction assets draw foreign interes
Wednesday November 7, 2007
TheStar


Quote:
Infrastructure and development projects a boon to sector
PETALING JAYA: Local construction assets seem to be attracting the interest of foreign investors of late.

Last month, Putrajaya Perdana Bhd saw the entry of a new controlling shareholder, Swan Symphony Sdn Bhd, which bought over Eastern & Oriental Bhd’s stake in the former.

Swan Symphony is jointly owned by Abu Dhabi-Kuwait-Malaysia Investment Corp (ADKM) and Autron Investment.

With the support of the new shareholders, Putrajaya Perdana is anticipated to expand its presence to the Middle East.

Meanwhile, PJBumi Bhd told Bursa Malaysia on Monday that its substantial shareholder, PJS Industries Sdn Bhd, planned to sell a 10.2% stake to Al-Saudia for RM3.1mil. This was on top of the 25% that PJS disposed of to Metro Utilities Sdn Bhd in September.

PJBumi, which is trying to return to profitability, is involved in the design, trading, installation and maintenance of fibre-reinforced plastic, reinforced concrete sewage treatment plants and underground petrol cum storage tanks.

It also manages wastewater treatment, solid waste and garbage collection.

The Government’s efforts to improve the quality of water in the country by rolling out various projects look set to benefit PJBumi.

Another company that is going to see a new shareholder is low-profile water player Loh & Loh Corp Bhd.

The shares, which are usually thinly traded, seemed to have sprung to life, having appreciated more than 30% over the one week period.

The counter was last traded at RM4.12 before being suspended in afternoon trade yesterday.

Loh & Loh told the exchange that its substantial shareholder, Vital Achievement Sdn Bhd, intended to dispose of its shares.

An analyst at AmResearch said Loh & Loh was well known as a dam builder in the water sector, having completed several jobs as a sub-contractor for Gamuda Bhd.







The company also has experience in bulk earthworks and rail track construction, having built bridges for the Ipoh-Rawang double-track project.

Aseambankers in a report said the domestic construction scene could be seeing another boom, given that at least RM165bil worth of infrastructure and development projects identified by the Government and the private sector were likely to kick off by the turn of the decade.

Government spending should pick up since it had to date only spent 25.4% of the RM200bil in development allocation under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, it said.

“We foresee high impact and chunkier projects in the rail, water, and oil and gas sectors, and the government’s regional development efforts, to be the key drivers,” the brokerage added.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 20th, 2007, 09:35 AM   #183
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

EDT

TRACK WORK - ADJUSTING RC SLEEPER WORK IN PROGRESS
From flickr.com

image hosted on flickr


TRACK WORK - SLEEPER LAYING IN PROGRESS

image hosted on flickr
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 20th, 2007, 09:40 AM   #184
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

Quote:
Originally Posted by nazrey View Post
by siva27 of ktmrailwayfan.com

IPOH STATION
From flickr.com



Quote:
TRACK WORK - ADJUSTING RC SLEEPER WORK IN PROGRESS
From flickr.com

image hosted on flickr


TRACK WORK - SLEEPER LAYING IN PROGRESS

image hosted on flickr
Quote:
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 20th, 2007, 12:25 PM   #185
argory
Registered User
 
argory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Kuala Lumpur
Posts: 997
Likes (Received): 130

Quote:
Originally Posted by nazrey View Post
by mabuk_pixels

image hosted on flickr
Wow..the Ipoh station looks really nice
argory no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 28th, 2007, 07:03 AM   #186
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

IPOH STATION
by okching



by kenglok

image hosted on flickr
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 1st, 2007, 07:39 AM   #187
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

Govt finalising rail project, Gamuda and MMC up
by Gan Yen Kuan & Lim Yu Min, 30 Nov 2007 10:53 AM
THEEDGE

KUALA LUMPUR: The government is close to completing negotiations with the MMC Corporation Bhd-Gamuda Bhd joint venture on the contract details of the Ipoh-Padang Besar electrified double-track railway project.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy said the government needed a little more time to conclude the talks.

“I can’t say more because it is still in the midst of finalising, so give us a little bit more time. It’s almost there but we are still looking at the details of the project,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Yesterday, Gamuda’s share price rose 16 sen or 3.76% to RM4.42, with a total of 7.38 million shares changing hands. MMC gained 25 sen or 3.07% to RM8.40, with 429,400 shares done.

In March, the government decided to revive the 330km Ipoh-Padang Besar railway project, which was shelved in late 2003 to curtail government spending on mega projects.

The project is part of a RM14.4 billion railway project awarded to Gamuda and MMC in October 2003. The Rawang-Ipoh stretch has been completed.

In June, the 50:50 joint venture company of MMC and Gamuda received the Economic Planning Unit’s approval to build the railway and was to begin talks to finalise the terms of the agreement. The project was reportedly to cost RM9 billion.

In September, Gamuda said in a note accompanying its financial results that it expected the construction works of the railway project to begin in the first half of its financial year 2008, which meant between August 2007 and January 2008.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old December 12th, 2007, 03:25 PM   #188
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

Innovation in industry key to meeting global demand
Monday December 10, 2007
TheStar

MEETING the demands of a growing global population for products of every type will be a major challenge facing the world.

Siemens AG said there was an increasing dependence on industrial production methods to make products faster, more flexible, in higher quality, more cheaply and in ways to help conserve scarce resources.

“Innovation in industry is key to providing these solutions,” it added.

Production of customised goods at affordable prices is possible with the intelligent factory, which is the group's Answers for the Industry.

Today, manufacturers can plan and simulate their main production steps on the computer, at the product development stage.

“Individual manufacturing processes can be optimised and coordinated with each other in a virtual factory – the real production is not even built until all processes have been fine tuned here. So, the process is sped up considerably,” Siemens said.

For example, Siemens' Infeneon Technologies semiconductor plant yields 100,000 power devices for the automotive industry monthly.

With more people on the move than ever before, quality of life and competitiveness of whole regions depend upon safe, fast and eco-friendly public transportation.

As one of the leading international suppliers for the railways industry, Siemens provides both intelligent traffic management systems and effective transportation solutions such as the high-speed train “Velaro”.

In Malaysia, Siemens is involved in the Rawang-Ipoh double tracking and electrification project, and constructed the Express Rail Link connecting KL IA and KL Sentral.

Recycling wastewater could curb scarcity of water, which is required by industries to produce goods. Siemens is ensuring that the volume of precious fresh water in industrial production is drastically reduced.

“For example, Siemens Zero Liquid Technology has created a system that continuously recycles water,” it said.

The need for security impacts modern life. In the public and commercial sector, decision makers have to guarantee maximum security without infringing on personal freedom.

Siemens designed intelligent solutions to provide increased security in airports, hospitals and subways.

Most of Malaysia's major landmarks and buildings use Siemens' management and security systems.
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 4th, 2008, 11:00 AM   #189
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286



A model of the Ipoh Railway Station. The double-tracking project between
Ipoh and Padang Besar will commence construction soon and is scheduled
for completion in five years. Picture courtesy of Veritas Architects
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 4th, 2008, 11:02 AM   #190
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

Quote:
Originally Posted by nazrey View Post
Serendah Yard
by Jason of ktmrailwayfan.com

nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 4th, 2008, 11:09 AM   #191
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

Quote:
Originally Posted by nazrey View Post
by zacky of ktmrailwayfan.com




Interior
by KonstantineChoo of ktmrailwayfan.com

nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 6th, 2008, 07:23 PM   #192
zawae87
MaLaYsIa EmPiRe
 
zawae87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: universal
Posts: 204
Likes (Received): 42

Any news about rapid intercity from kl to ipoh....??????
zawae87 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 7th, 2008, 04:05 PM   #193
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

Quote:
Originally Posted by zawae87 View Post
Any news about rapid intercity from kl to ipoh....??????
>> http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...6#post10943336
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 7th, 2008, 05:02 PM   #194
zawae87
MaLaYsIa EmPiRe
 
zawae87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: universal
Posts: 204
Likes (Received): 42

tanx for tat link nazrey.... but tats bout kuantan metropolis not rapid intercity kl to ipoh......
__________________
- Malaysian people who love beautiful landscape & panorama around the country -


- Like to see clean & beautiful places -
zawae87 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 8th, 2008, 08:01 AM   #195
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

...See the news on post #10 >
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 8th, 2008, 08:43 AM   #196
zawae87
MaLaYsIa EmPiRe
 
zawae87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: universal
Posts: 204
Likes (Received): 42

ya..ya... Plan To Introduce Kuantan-KL High-Speed Train By 2015.... not to Ipoh rite.... when yarrr....??? I cannot wait its alwayz delay...delay... n delay...
__________________
- Malaysian people who love beautiful landscape & panorama around the country -


- Like to see clean & beautiful places -
zawae87 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 8th, 2008, 08:44 AM   #197
zawae87
MaLaYsIa EmPiRe
 
zawae87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: universal
Posts: 204
Likes (Received): 42

tats i hear only.... komuter to kuala kubu baru.....!!!!
__________________
- Malaysian people who love beautiful landscape & panorama around the country -


- Like to see clean & beautiful places -
zawae87 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 10th, 2008, 06:34 PM   #198
mrtfreak
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 4,266
Likes (Received): 201

Nothing there means no news. They're quite up to date in the threads.
__________________
Hypocrites be bashin' up front, but usin' behind the backs.

DTL Construction
TSL Construction
ERL Construction
CCL6 Construction
JRL Construction

Search Google Translate for "Death" in Czech. :lol:
mrtfreak no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 13th, 2008, 12:05 PM   #199
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

Ipoh Station
by Canon Boy

image hosted on flickr


image hosted on flickr
nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old January 14th, 2008, 07:28 AM   #200
nazrey
Registered User
 
nazrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 91,245
Likes (Received): 11286

Quote:
Since 21ST APRIL 2007 ...
RAWANG >> SERENDAH >> BATANG KALI >> RASA
RASA >> BATANG KALI >> SERENDAH >> RAWANG
FREQUENCY OF EACH TRAIN 30 MINUTES
20 MINUTES JOURNEY
SPEED UP TO 120KM/H



nazrey no está en línea   Reply With Quote


Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 04:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2018 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

tech management by Sysprosium