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Old September 23rd, 2010, 03:16 PM   #81
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Siemens eyes MRT, high-speed rail jobs
From Adeline Paul Raj Published: 2010/09/27
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The high-speed rail project from KL to Singapore has always been a priority for the company in looking at the Malaysian market, says its head of mobility division at Siemens Malaysia
BERLIN: Siemens, a global expert in rail technology, is keen to take part in Malaysia's proposed high-speed rail project linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and RM36 billion mass rapid transit (MRT) system for Greater Kuala Lumpur.

The two projects are being considered by the government as part of a larger plan to transform the country into a developed nation by 2020.

They are among 131 projects proposed under the government's 10-year Economic Transformation Programme.

"The high-speed rail project from KL to Singapore is something that has always been a priority for us in looking at the Malaysian market. It is clear that if this project develops further, we would be very interested to take part in it," said Axel Muench, head of the mobility division at Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

As a turnkey supplier, Siemens - which has done high-speed rail projects for countries like Spain, Russia and China - typically provides the rolling stock and signalling and electrification systems.

"That's the kind of package we would be going for here as well," Muench told Business Times on the sidelines of Innotrans 2010, the world's largest rail exhibition, held every two years in the German capital.

The four-day event, which attracted about 1,900 exhibitors from around the world and some 90,000 visitors, ended last Friday.

The event saw Siemens introducing the Velaro D, its new high-speed train for Germany's railway operator Deutsche Bahn.

The group is keen to use the Velaro for Malaysia's high-speed rail project.

The typical speed for such projects these days is about 350km an hour, Muench said.

Competition to secure the job will be stiff, with a handful of other global suppliers such as France's Alstom also likely to be keen. Adding to the rivalry will be Chinese suppliers.

"My view is that the price of all the suppliers will be very similar. I think with this one (project), it will come down to a trusting relationship between consortium partners ... and the emotional aspect," he said.

According to Muench, the YTL group is still one of the major promoters of the project.

"And then there are two Chinese consortiums, as I understand, that are declaring their interest," he said.

Conglomerate YTL had proposed the project a few years ago, but it failed to take off.

As for the MRT project, Muench believes the long-talked-about line linking Damansara and Cheras will form a vital part.

According to reports, the MRT will consist of three lines running a total of 150km and covering an area within a 20km radius of central Kuala Lumpur.

Its estimated RM36 billion cost excludes land acquisition and rolling stock.

Suppliers for this project, unlike the high-speed rail, will likely be picked based on "hard-core price-based competition", Muench said.

"Being focused on providing quality transportation solutions, we're hoping we can contribute to both projects," he added.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 09:18 PM   #84
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The group is keen to use the Velaro for Malaysia's high-speed rail project.

The typical speed for such projects these days is about 350km an hour, Muench said.
Well... Axel Muench has got some nerve! The rest of Europe agonises over the fact that Germany only builds railway lines for 250-300 km/h (and never for long, continuous stretches), but once in Malaysia "...the typical speed these days is 350km an hour".

Well, as Louis Gallois once said "the Germans make these great trains, you know, which can drive very fast. - Except, of course, in Germany."
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Old October 25th, 2010, 08:27 AM   #85
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KL-S’pore high-speed link proposal to be made soon
By RISEN JAYASEELAN Monday October 25, 2010
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...3&sec=business

PETALING JAYA: A proposal for a high-speed train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore using the magnetic levitation (maglev) technology will soon be submitted to the Government, industry sources said.

The sources also said the Government would soon appoint an international consulting firm to study the various proposals for the high-speed rail link to Singapore.

The maglev is the train system that links Shanghai’s Pudong airport with its financial district and was the first installation of its kind in the world.

The journey of 30km takes about seven minutes. The maglev train in Shanghai can reach speeds of up to 350km per hour in two minutes, although new generation trains being developed on this technology can go even faster, it is understood.

The maglev proposal will be competing with that of the conventional high-speed rail network, an idea first mooted by the YTL Group. Its technology partner then was said to be Germany’s Siemens, a global expert in high-speed rail technology.

The YTL proposal however did not get the green light, due in part to the high costs involved. But the concept of a high-speed rail link from KL to Singapore recently surfaced again. It was cited as a proposed “high impact” project in the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) that was unveiled last month.

While there is no indication on costs involved, maglev’s proponents argue that it is a more suitable technology as it requires less maintenance, is safer and faster. The maglev system uses more electronics and essentially involves “non-contact electromagnetic levitation”. It has been operational for the last eight years in Shanghai and carried more than 20 million passengers without any accident.

“The technology is mature and commercially tested. Malaysia is in the market for alternative railway technology and could be the catalyst for maglev on the global map,” said a party familiar with the proposal.

According to maglev’s proponents, the technology has yet to take off in a big way in Europe where there is a wide rail network of conventional train systems.

“The huge existing track network of those countries, and parties that represent those vested interests, continue to support the 150-year-old wheel-steel technology,” said a source, adding that the conventional train technology had its limitations.

“The enormous weight of conventional trains is borne by its wheels.

“This requires precise routine maintenance, which is costly and requires tremendous skill and labour, which is not necessary in maglev trains, which are highly automated and do not even use wheels,” the source added.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 11:17 PM   #86
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On the fast track
By Sharen Kaur Published: 2010/10/28
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Several companies made presentations to the National Key Economic Area (NKEA) lab about three months ago on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed train project, industry sources say.

Among them were YTL Corp Bhd and Hartasuma Sdn Bhd (4677), which was said to be partnering a Chinese state-owned firm.

Hartasuma, a Class "A" Bumiputera contractor, is a member of Ara Group, founded by Datuk Aisamar Kadil Mydin Syed Marikiah and Tan Sri Ravindran Menon, director and executive director of Subang SkyPark Sdn Bhd respectively.

Its track record includes repair and overhaul of passenger coaches for KTM Bhd and civil works (Kuala Kubu Baru-Tanjung Malim Halt) for the Rawang-Ipoh electrified double tracks.

Business Times understands that some of the companies have proposed to undertake the high-speed rail project for between RM8 billion and RM14 billion.

A government source said the project could be worth RM10 billion to RM12 billion and that it would take five to eight years to complete as it will cover 300km.

The source said that cost would depend on the type of technology deployed, whether it is magnetic levitation (maglev) or conventional, and how the tracks are aligned.

Maglev will cost more than conventional, but requires less maintenance, is safer and faster. The system also uses more electronics and essentially involves "non-contact electromagnetic levitation".

"If the alignment is built along the coastal road, then it would involve a lot of land acquisition and this would add to the cost," he said.

The source added that the project would depend on a study by the Treasury, the Performance and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) and other government agencies.

It is believed that Pemandu, which is leading the NKEA lab, has invited officials from the Ministry of Transport, the Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) and City Hall to attend briefings held separately by the companies.

The high-speed train project was mooted by YTL in 2006. It had proposed to undertake the project for RM9 billion, partnering Germany's Siemens, a global expert in high-speed rail technology.

The YTL proposal, however, was shot down because of the high cost involved.

Malaysia is mulling over a high-speed rail linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore that will cut travel time between the two cities to 90 minutes.

Plans would require the approval of Singapore, which has expressed its interest in the project. However, the government has not given a firm approval, the source said.
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Study on bullet train ready by mid-2011
By Rupa Damodaran Published: 2010/11/26
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MALAYSIA will only approach Singapore on the bullet train project connecting the countries’ capital cities once its feasibility study is completed by mid-2011, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk Seri Idris Jala said.

The study is due to start in January and the results will be discussed in the Cabinet.

Idris said the project’s planning follows the timeline of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) announced by the government last month.

“Nothing has been confirmed yet … we need to take a hard look at the network and speed (aspects) and review the proposals (by companies),” he said on the sidelines of the joint conference of the Malaysian and Japanese economic associations in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

According to the ETP, the HSR service, travelling at an average speed of 350-450km an hour will transform travel on the Greater KL/Klang Valley-Singapore route by cutting travel time to 1.5 to two hours.

According to the ETP, the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) and Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) will jointly drive the initial stages of the project, which is estimated to cost RM16.5 billion.

Idris, who is chief executive of Pemandu (Performance Management and Delivery Unit), also said design details of the proposed mass rapid transit project in the Klang Valley are being finalised.

“We will then present them to the Economic Council and the Cabinet, and expect to finalise the project before the end of this year,” he said.

Physical work for the project will start in the middle of next year, with some of it being parcelled out for tender.

Idris said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will announce some of the confirmed ETP projects on November 30, which include those in the oil and gas sector.

On the timing of the ETP projects against a backdrop of economic uncertainties, Idris said the 12 National Key Economic Areas were selected because of their competitive advantages. This would provide the economy with the resilience to absorb any of the external shocks and yet enable the economy to enjoy a 6 per cent GDP average growth annually.

Idris said the government will continue to focus on subsidy rationalisation, making revisions at “the right time”.

They will be done in small doses as per public request but no advance notice will be given to avert any distortion in the market, like hoarding.

Idris has requested Japanese businesses and investors here to submit their proposals for immediate labour needs.
Japanese businesses yesterday expressed concern about Malaysia’s quest to set a minimum wage limit without addressing the productivity levels first.

Malaysian Investment Development Authority director general Datuk Jalilah Baba said the agency was currently negotiating with two Japanese companies in the chemical and petrochemical industries and electric car manufacturing, for substantive investments.
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Bullet train project may zoom into master plan
By Sharen Kaur Published: 2010/12/14
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The proposed high-speed rail linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore may be included in the national public transport master plan

THE proposed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed train project, costing between RM10 billion and RM12 billion, may be included in the national public transport master plan, said the chief of The Land Public Transport Commission (Spad).

Spad chief executive officer Mohd Nur Ismal Kamal said a feasibility study is being undertaken to examine viability of the project.

"The project may be considered in the master plan but we are not sure yet. The study will show how the high-speed train can be integrated with other public land transport," he said on the sidelines of the National Summit on Urban Public Transport 2010 in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Malaysia is mulling over a high-speed rail linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore that will cut travel time between the two cities to 45 minutes.

A few companies, including YTL Corp Bhd and Hartasuma Sdn Bhd have made presentations to the National Key Economic Area (NKEA) lab on the project, involving a distance of about 300km.

Spad chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar said the configuration of the high-speed rail would need to be looked into in detail before the project can be considered.

Spad, set up in June this year to regulate the land public transport sector, is drawing up a 20-year master plan to ensure the holistic development of public transport in the country.

The master plan will look into all aspects of public transport, including connectivity and accessibility, ensuring the development of a more integrated public transport system.

It will start with the Greater Klang Valley providing connectivity between buses, taxis, the light rail transit (LRT) system, the express rail link (ERL), monorail and the mass rapid transit (MRT) system.

Syed Hamid told reporters that the backbone of public transport will be urban rail, led by the RM40 billion MRT system.

"The MRT is going to be important. Most important is the route alignment to integrate public transport. Mobility and commercial areas need to be looked at for the routing," he said.

Syed Hamid said Spad is already engaging with the public, non-government organisations and public transport operators on feedback to draw up the master plan and submit to the government by September next year.

The government is targeting 25 per cent of the population in Greater Klang Valley to use public transport by 2012, and 30 per cent by 2015, from 12 per cent now.
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MALAYSIA - SINGAPORE | High Speed Rail

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Siemens eyes rail jobs
By Adeline Paul Raj Published: 2010/12/27
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Siemens, a global expert in rail transport technology, is preparing to bid for several potentially lucrative rail-related tenders in Malaysia.

Several such jobs are expected to be offered in the near future, including the supply of 40 locomotives for rail company Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB), the Ampang light rail transit (LRT) extension and possibly the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high speed train project.

KTMB had put out a tender on November 24 for the supply of locomotives, with the February 9 2011 deadline for submission, said Axel Muench, head of the mobility division at Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

"The tender is not just about supplying the locomotives, it's actually a concept of leasing them to KTMB, which includes financing, maintenance for 15 years and a lot of other things. We are working on it, we will put in a bid," he told Business Times in a recent interview.

Siemens also plans to bid for the Ampang LRT extension project in which tender is set to be out on January 11 next year.

"What the industry expects, especially for the Ampang line, is that the specification will be open enough to establish competition. (We understand) for the Ampang line, the specification will be more extensive, so it means that companies like Siemens and other big supply companies would be interested to go for it," Muench said.

He said the job for the 17km extension, which would include signalling systems, electrification and communications, among other things, could be worth in the region of between RM200 million and RM300 million.

Muench said that there has been good momentum going for relatively smaller tenders on public transport-related projects in Malaysia of late.

"There's a lot of substantial activities happening with the smaller tenders. If I compare it with the recent three to four years, I think this is a major step forward. There's also real effort there to provide funding and support to the transport partners here like KTMB and (Syarikat) Prasarana (Negara Bhd) etc," he remarked.

Muench, however, noted that there hasn't been much progress on the country's proposed high-speed rail project from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, but acknowledged that this was not unusual, considering that it is a massive project that requires ample planning.

Siemens is interested in taking part in the high-speed train project too, leveraging on its high-speed rail technology. As a turnkey supplier, Siemens - which has done high-speed rail projects for countries like Spain, Russia and China - typically provides rolling stock and signalling and electrification systems.

Conglomerate YTL, with Siemens as its technology partner, had proposed the project a few years ago, but it has yet to take off.

According to Muench, the YTL group is still one of the major promoters of the project, which is now under government study.

He clarified that Siemens was not behind any proposal to use high-speed magnetic levitation (maglev) technology for that project.

About two months ago, news reports indicated that a proposal for the project to use maglev technology was soon to be submitted to the government.

According to Muench, Siemens was one of the orginal stakeholders in developing the maglev technology, that has since been used in China's Shanghai maglev train.

"If the (maglev) system is proposed here in Malaysia, then the system is proposed completely independently of us, by Chinese parties, but I'm fairly confident that if this project were to move ahead, then the original stakeholders like Siemens would have a certain part in it. But, I can't say what it would exactly be. We would not be the driving consortium for this project, but we could be a sub-supplier or a partner," he said.
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errrmm... meglev is suitable in Malaysia?
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errrmm... meglev is suitable in Malaysia?
I think conventional system, with steel wheel + track makes more sense.
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So much talk from 1997 until now in 2011. Em...has the feasibility study began yet?
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I think conventional system, with steel wheel + track makes more sense.
Must move on to new era dear, can't hang on to old systems for generations. Improvements must be made...
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Must move on to new era dear, can't hang on to old systems for generations. Improvements must be made...
Why not use the Chinese CRH system, which is already planned to be extended to Bangkok?
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The proposed Thai high speed rail link is most likely built as steel wheel + steel rail, so it is logical for the Malaysia-Singapore HSR to be built as conventional HSR (steel wheel + steel rail) as well.
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Cathy, I'm afraid there is quite a good reason why China decided to go with conventional rail, as opposed to maglev. Economy. And I am very well happy that they did not go with maglev.

AFAIK Japan is carrying on with the Chuo maglev as a way to alleviate the congestion on the Tokaido Shinkansen as well as to be a backup for earthquakes.

And yes TWK90 thanks for replying to my post in the other thread. I also was actually going to mention that China was probably going to want a standard gauge line all the way down anyway, as opposed to metre gauge.
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I also was actually going to mention that China was probably going to want a standard gauge line all the way down anyway, as opposed to metre gauge.
As Japan (1067 mm) found, narrow gauge high speed has technical limitations, so they also have wider gauge for Shinkansen. So there is little reason to pick a gauge other than 1435 mm for connecting to China.
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