By SHARIDAN M.ALI
email@example.com | Apr 8, 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR: The mass rapid transit (MRT) system’s project delivery partner (PDP) should step in and complete any works in the MRT project if the awarded contractors fell behind schedule, said Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) CEO Mohd Nur Kamal.
“Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd (SPNB), the PDP and the work package contractors would sign a tripartite agreement to ensure that the MRT project development would be carried out according to the target cost and stipulated time frame.
“This is why we need experienced contractors to be the PDP so that it can step in and finish the job within the target cost and time in case the work package contractors fail to do so. The PDP will be compensated accordingly as per the agreement for the work package contractors,” he told reporters at media briefing yesterday. This is first of the weekly briefing session on development of the MRT project.
The PDP for the MRT is MMC-Gamuda Joint Venture Sdn Bhd, in which Gamuda Bhd and MMC Corp Bhd hold equal shareholding,
The PDP had come under some scrutiny as it is a new concept in project management. The PDP concept provides a single point of accountability to deliver the entire project within the agreed time and cost targets, or it will face financial penalties. The risk of delays and cost overruns is now borne by the PDP for a fee.
On the fee structure of the PDP, Mohd Nur said it was to be finalised before the MRT ground breaking ceremony in July.
“The total cost of this MRT first line will also be finalised once the alignment, design and engineering aspects of the project are fixed,” he said.
A public display of the MRT lines and stations will be displayed until May 14. To date, about 95% of the 3,000 those who have viewed the public display supported the project.
SPNB managing director Shahril Mokhtar said the pre-qualification process for contractors had started.
Pre-qualification is a process where contractors are assessed whether they are eligible to bid for the various MRT job contracts.
“We have advertised applications for the pre-qualification exercise in March for two main packages – the elevated civil work packages as well as the elevated stations and depots packages.
“The pre-qualification application will end on Apr 16 and to date, more than a 100 companies had applied.
“It is expected that the first contract for the MRT will be awarded in November,” he said.
In the pre-qualification process, contractors are evaluated on minimum paid-up capital, track record, average annual construction turnover and they must have done and completed at least one civil engineering work in the past five years.
For the tunnelling works, Mohd Nur said the initial tendering process would start in July and contracts would be awarded in December.
“It is important to note that, the tendering and awarding of the contracts are done transparently through open bidding process,” he said.
On the awarding process, Mohd Nur added that a one-stop technical committee that consisted of representatives from PDP and SPNB would evaluate all the bids for contracts and prepare a report to be recommended to one-stop procurement committee at Ministry of Finance (MOF) level.
“MOF will then inform SPNB who the successful bidders are,” he said.