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Old April 17th, 2008, 04:52 PM   #261
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Scomi expands monorail-based markets
by Lim Shie-Lynn, 17 Apr 2008 2:39 PM

HANOI: Scomi Group Bhd in a move to establish itself as an international monorail transportation player is looking at the Middle East, India and Vietnam to showcase its technology and engineering capabilities in that field, said Scomi Engineering Bhd’s president Hilmy Zaini.

In Vietnam, the company has the mandate to prepare a feasibility study for the implementation of the monorail systems in Hanoi while in India it is among the three companies short-listed for the monorail project in Mumbai. In the Middle East, the company has been approached to undertake studies for the implementation of monorail systems in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and other countries in that region.

On the Vietnam project, Hilmy said it would serve as the base for its penetration into the Indo-China region.

Yesterday, the company entered into a collaboration agreement (CA) with Hanoi Metropolitan Rail Management Board (HRB) to prepare a feasibility study on the implementation of a monorail system in Hanoi. Under the agreement, both parties were granted an exclusive right by Hanoi’s city government, The Hanoi People’s Committee to prepare a comprehensive proposal on a monorail network in the city.

The objective of the study is to come out with a monorail solution that meets the urban transport requirements in Hanoi and also one that would be able to integrate with other urban transportation systems in the city.

“The proposed 52km monorail circle line around Hanoi would serve to link other systems planned by the Hanoi People’s Committee. It will also link to the expanding suburbs of Hanoi,” said Scomi’s chief corporate representative Datuk Ainuddin Noordin.

The CA was signed by HRB director general Ha Huy Quang, authorised representative of Scomi Engineering and director of Scomi Transportation Systems Sdn Bhd Datuk Siddiq Firdause Mohd Ali. Malaysia’s ambassador to Vietnam, Datuk Lim Kim Eng and Nguyen Van Khoi, Hanoi People’s Committee vice chairman, witnessed the signing of the agreement.

The study which is expected to be completed within the next six months, covers corridor and financing research, ridership study and soil investigation, Hilmy said after the signing ceremony.

“We are also exploring the possibility of a monorail system in Ho Chi Minh city, while in the longer term, we would also like to go into Danang, which is a major port city in the south central coast of Vietnam. As Indochina grows, we are able to tap into the growth through our base market in Vietnam,” said Hilmy.

In India, where Scomi has been shortlisted for a monorail project in Mumbai, it is looking at securing projects in other cities there such as Puna, New Delhi and Bangalore.

As for the Middle East markets, Scomi Group’s senior vice president (special projects) Kanesan Velupillai said: “The company has been approached to study the monorail transit system in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Syria and we would be making very good progress in the next six months.”

For the monorail projects it has secured, the company would be implementing its second generation monorail system, Scomi Urban Transit Rail Application (SUTRA), of which it has invested close to US$10 million (RM32 million) in development. The existing monorail system in operation in Kuala Lumpur is the first-generation monorail system.

For its financial year ended Dec 31, 2007 (FY07), Scomi Engineering’s net profit rose 50% to RM42.4 million from RM28.3 million while revenue rose to RM368.8 million from RM323.9 million a year earlier.
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Old April 17th, 2008, 05:01 PM   #262
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Scomi: Vietnam set to be major monorail market
From Marina Emmanuel Published: 2008/04/17

HANOI: Vietnam is set to serve as one of three overseas base markets for the Scomi Group's monorail business this year.

The company, via its subsidiary Scomi Engineering Bhd, has already made inroads in India where it has been pre-qualified for a monorail project in Mumbai and Pune and is now setting its sights on Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang in Vietnam over the next four to five years.

"We are also looking at the Middle East as another primary market in countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain," Scomi Engineering Bhd president Hilmy Zaini told a media briefing here on Tuesday.

Hilmy said the company has submitted proposals for monorail systems in several cities such as Riyadh and Medina.

Besides the three primary markets which have been targeted, Hilmy said secondary markets could emerge in Africa.

"The monorail systems - which are likely to be adopted by these primary markets - will tap into Scomi's continous technology advancements that will include the second generation new monorail called Sutra (Scomi Urban Transit Rail Application)," he said.

Sutra's composite technology makes it possible to construct a lighter monorail system, which brings down the life-cycle maintenance cost.

Hilmy said in 2006 and 2007, Scomi Engineering has invested close to US$10 million (RM31.60 million) in developing the Sutra.

Earlier, Scomi Engineering signed a collaboration agreement with the Hanoi Metropolitan Rail Metropolitan Rail Management Board (HRB) for the purpose of forming a strategic partnership to prepare a feasibility study on the implementation of a monorail system in Hanoi.

The strategic partnership has been granted an exclusive right by the People's Committee (Hanoi's city government) to prepare a comprehensive proposal on a monorail network to meet the urban transport requirements of Hanoi and integrate other urban transportation systems being implemented in Hanoi.

"The complete proposal is expected to be ready within the next six months," Hilmy said.

The agreement was signed by HRB's director-general Ha Huy Quang and Scomi Transportation Systems Sdn Bhd director Datuk Siddiq Firdause Mohd Ali.

Scomi Transportation is a subsidiary of Scomi Engineering.

Witnessing the inking of the agreement were Hanoi People's Committee vice-chairman Nguyen Van Khoi and Malaysian ambassador to Vietnam, Datuk Lim Kim Eng.

"The execution of this collaboration agreement signifies acceptance and confidence in Scomi's monorail technology," Siddiq said.

By collaborating with HRB, Siddiq expressed confidence that Scomi Engineering will achieve the primary objective of offering a viable urban transport solution to the people of Hanoi, as well as value-add through transfer of technology and related training to Vietnam.
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Old April 17th, 2008, 05:19 PM   #263
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Scomi targets monorail market in Middle East
Thursday April 17, 2008
By DAVID TAN



Datuk Siddiq Firdause Mohd Ali (seated left) and Ha Huy Quang signing the
agreement witnessed by (from left) Hilmi Zaini (partially hidden), Scomi Group
chief representative Datuk Ainuddin Noordin, Malaysian ambassador to
Vietnam Datuk Lim Kim Eng and Vietnamese officials


HANOI: Scomi Group Bhd aims to penetrate the Middle East market for monorail systems within six months.

Scomi Engineering Bhd president Hilmi Zaini said the group was currently studying proposals from Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain to set up monorail systems for the growing cities in these countries.

Scomi Engineering is a unit of Scomi Group involved in constructing monorail systems.

“We expect one of these countries to be our base for expansion in the Middle East, just like India and Vietnam are our bases for expansion in South Asia and South-East Asia respectively,” Hilmi told Malaysian journalists during a briefing on the group’s expansion plans yesterday.

“We also plan to move into the African market for monorail systems within two years,” he said.

Scomi Engineering is one of the three companies shortlisted for the RM5bil monorail project in Mumbai, India.

The 70km monorail project, stretching over four corridors in Mumbai’s city and suburbs, would be implemented on a build, operate and transfer basis for at least 30 years.

“Scomi spent about RM10mil to develop the Scomi Urban Transit Rail Application launched last year using Malaysian technology,” Hilmi said.

“The competitive edge of our monorail system is that its technology can be upgraded continuously without additional civil and structural investment.

“Its composite technology makes it possible to construct a lighter monorail system which brings down the life cycle maintenance cost.”

Scomi Engineering yesterday signed a collaboration agreement with the Hanoi Metropolitan Rail Management Board (HRB) to prepare a feasibility study on the implementation of a monorail system in Hanoi.

The agreement was signed by HRB director-general Ha Huy Quang and Scomi Transportation Systems Sdn Bhd (STSSB) director Datuk Siddiq Firdause Mohd Ali.

STSSB is a subsidiary of Scomi Engineering.

The Hanoi city government commissioned HRB and Scomi Engineering to prepare a comprehensive proposal on a monorail network to meet the urban transport requirements of Hanoi, and to integrate other urban transportation systems being implemented in the city.

“The proposal will be submitted in six months to the People’s Committee for approval, upon which Scomi Engineering will proceed to implement it,” Hilmi said.
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Wish they could get their hands on some North American and Euro markets.
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Old April 20th, 2008, 10:05 AM   #265
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Wish they could get their hands on some North American and Euro markets.
I wish they could offer more products in their own markets.

Since Scomi's monorail subsidiary did build the KL Monorail, you'd think that they would use the KL Monorail as a demo site for this new Sutra design>>>

The current KL Monorail setup is 2 carriage trains and the frequency is about 5 minutes between trains! 4 carriage trains at higher frequency would really help...and it would give Scomi a real example of how their trains works...

But no, nothing happening.

The government is to blame, I suppose...no willingness to expand existing services...they prefer to build extensions and new projects instead.

Ah well. C'est la vie in Malaysia

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Ironic since they built the system to a capacity of 300,000 per day.
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Old April 22nd, 2008, 09:38 AM   #267
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Ironic since they built the system to a capacity of 300,000 per day.
yeah, its a pretty sad waste of resources.

You should see the set up to get trains on and off the main revenue line. The train pulls into the terminus, drops off passengers, backs up on the inbound track, and then moves off the revenue line.

In the meantime any inbound train has to wait since the track is blocked by the train that is going in/out of service.

They could solve that problem pretty easily if they just reversed the flow of the trains but they havent bothered to try.

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Old May 8th, 2008, 07:49 AM   #268
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Scomi shortlisted for Iran monorail job
By Zuraimi Abdullah Published: 2008/05/08, BusinessTimes


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Scomi and its Iranian partner are one of the final two consortiums to vie for the lucrative job of building up to 100km of monorail tracks in Teheran

SCOMI Group Bhd is edging closer towards securing its second monorail job overseas, having been shortlisted to build up to 100km of monorail tracks in Teheran, Iran.

The 100km covers four lines in the Iranian capital, chief executive officer Shah Hakim Zain said.

He said Scomi and its local partner in Iran were one of the final two consortiums to vie for the lucrative work. It is learnt that the other consortium is a partnership of Hitachi of Japan with a local firm.

Shah Hakim said the winning consortium can develop the system immediately as the local government had already done a study on the viability of a monorail system in Teheran.

Scomi, through energy and logistic unit Scomi Engineering Bhd, will supply its Sutra monorail and other equipment as well as provide training if its consortium gets the contract.

Additionally, Scomi is bidding to build monorail systems in two other Iranian cities of Karat and Marshad.

"We have tendered for RM5 billion to RM6 billion worth of monorail projects overseas," Shah Hakim told reporters in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

Scomi recently secured an exclusive right to prepare a feasibility study on the implementation of a monorail system in Hanoi. It is working with the Hanoi Metropolitan Rail Metropolitan Rail Management Board.

Scomi has also submitted proposals for monorail systems in two other Vietnamese cities of Ho Chi Minh City and Danang as well as in the Middle East, Bangladesh, South Korea and Thailand.

The company and a partner in India were recently shortlisted for a RM5 billion Mumbai and Pune monorail project in the country. It is eyeing similar projects in Bangalore too.
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The old pic

Pic of KL monorail under construction, almost 10 years ago.
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yeah, its a pretty sad waste of resources.

You should see the set up to get trains on and off the main revenue line. The train pulls into the terminus, drops off passengers, backs up on the inbound track, and then moves off the revenue line.

In the meantime any inbound train has to wait since the track is blocked by the train that is going in/out of service.

They could solve that problem pretty easily if they just reversed the flow of the trains but they havent bothered to try.

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Ouch... that's just bad.

Worst part is that all this does is gives more ammunition to the uninformed and anti-monorail crowds that the technology is 'failed' and 'destined only for theme parks,' when in reality its faults have to do with how its run rather than its technology.
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Great video of Chongqing's monorail (3:58 - 4:18)

Not to rain on anyones parade, but you gotta love chinese propganda
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Not going to speak for the entire video, but what makes you say that the monorail piece is 'propaganda'? Many monorails the world over move just as swiftly through urban areas as Chongqing's monorail. It was manufactured by Hitachi, who is known for some of the best urban rapid transit monorails on the planet.
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Pic of KL monorail under construction, almost 10 years ago.
Jalan Sultan Ismail...without a traffic jam?

WOW!!!!

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Just found this video of Chongqing's monorail on YouTube





Shame Chongqing never got the attention it deserved for this system, as it really shows that monorails do have the potential to be full alternatives to subways at a fraction of the cost.
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Some pics of Chiba monorail. In these pics, it doesn't seem as blocky as I remembered it from other pics, and is actually kind of elegant:

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I thought the "upside down train" thing was only in Germany. I guess I was wrong. Cool pics.
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Not going to speak for the entire video, but what makes you say that the monorail piece is 'propaganda'? Many monorails the world over move just as swiftly through urban areas as Chongqing's monorail. It was manufactured by Hitachi, who is known for some of the best urban rapid transit monorails on the planet.
the monorail bit isnt, the whole vid is a propganda vid. The monorail is cool and im glad that somewhere in this world there is one with great ridership, but still i watched the whole vid, and it seemed propogandaish to me.

Im just a soldier though, what do i know.
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Consultant Appointed To Look Into Viability Of Putrajaya Monorail Project
May 21, 2008 15:57 PM

PUTRAJAYA, May 21 (Bernama) -- A fresh bid to get the long-delayed monorail project back on track again is under way with the appointment of a consultant to look into the financial model for the project, Putrajaya Corp chairman, Tan Sri Samsudin Osman, said.

He said the planning of the administrative capital included the public transportation system such as buses and monorail for long-term use to avoid future traffic congestion.

"We are hopeful the government would consider the project and I am always optimistic we are going to get it," he told reporters after an exchange of document ceremony between the corporation and the government of Indonesia at Diplomatic Precint for the purchase of embassy land here Wednesday.

Indonesia is the first buyer of the embassy lot in Precint 4 -- the second Diplomatic Precint to be developed here.

According to Samsudin, the consultant was given three months from April to complete the financial model, which among others, would include the viability of the project.

"We understand the government has other priorities especially as you know we are focusing on food (crisis) at the moment. It is not nice to talk about monorail, but I am optimistic that we are going to get it," he said.

He said basic infrastructure for the 20km monorail system was in place, adding apart from the train coaches, railway tracks and stations needed to be built for the purpose.

The monorail project was supposed to be in operational in 2006 but the RM400 million project was shelved in 2004 as the government had not approved funding for it.

-- BERNAMA
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the monorail bit isnt, the whole vid is a propganda vid. The monorail is cool and im glad that somewhere in this world there is one with great ridership, but still i watched the whole vid, and it seemed propogandaish to me.

Im just a soldier though, what do i know.
To be honest, I don't even think I watched the entire thing, I just stopped during the monorail part .

Other monorails that get good ridership include Tokyo (137,000 per day), Tama (92,000 per day), Wuppertal, Germany (82,000 per day), and Osaka (77,000 per day). Though besides Wuppertal and Chongqing, the rest of these monorails are essentially secondary transit lines to primary metro lines.
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Some pics of Chiba monorail. In these pics, it doesn't seem as blocky as I remembered it from other pics, and is actually kind of elegant:

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