Malaysian Rail Link Berhad’s EPC for ECRL Project

RL&P acted for Malaysian Rail Link Berhad on the contract administration of the engineering, procurement and constructioncontract for the ECRL Project.

East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project is a 640km railway link connecting different parts of the east coast region with the west coast region in Malaysia.

Malaysia Rail Link (MRLSB) is developing the project and will operate it in a 50:50 joint venture with China Communications Construction Company (CCCC). The Ministry of Transport, through Agensi Pengangkutan Awam Darat (APAD), will supervise and regulate the project.

Construction on the ECRL project began with the groundbreaking held in Kuantan, Malaysia, in August 2017, but the work was suspended in 2018 due to financial reasons. Construction resumed in July 2019, with the completion scheduled for December 2026.

The ECRL rail project was originally planned to be developed in two phases, with phase one covering 600km of track and phase two with an 88km stretch.

Some modifications have been made to the alignment due to cultural, heritage, and environmental concerns. The realigned stretch will run from Mentakab to Port Klang via Negeri Sembilan to avoid traverse through the Klang Gate Quartz Ridge.

The new alignment also resulted in a significant reduction in construction costs from MYR65.5bn ($15.8bn) to MYR44bn ($10bn), based on a comprehensive value engineering exercise.

Malaysian Rail Link Berhad is an entity of the Ministry of Finance (MOF Inc.) of Malaysia to administer the implementation of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL).

Advising Malaysian Rail Link Berhad was RL&P Partner Kamilah Kasim (Picture).

Involved fees earner: Kamilah Kasim – Rahmat Lim & Partners;

Law Firms: Rahmat Lim & Partners;

Clients: Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL);

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Author: Sonia Carcano