Hitachi Super Express

The proposed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project has received an estimated total of 150 requests for information (RFI) from several consortia and companies, The Star reports. The market-sensing exercise has so far witnessed several entities from Singapore, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, North America and, of course, Malaysia.

“Companies that have yet to register their interest in the RFI exercise are still welcome to do so. All responses to the RFI must be received no later than 12 pm on November 18 2015,” said the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) and Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a joint statement.

“We are pleased by the market’s positive response to the RFI exercise. We look forward to receiving their feedback next month. This feedback will be critical in helping us with the commercial model of the project, and will help ensure that this project starts off on the right note,” commented both parties in said statement.

Of the numerous companies that have expressed interest in the HSR project, a South Korea-based consortium has emerged as one of the more notable candidates. The notion was first brought to the attention of deputy transport minister, Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, by S. Korea’s vice transport minister, Yeo Hyung Koo.

hitachi bullet train

The South Korean “mega” consortium is comprised of around 50 public and private firms and will be represented by the Korea Rail Network Authority (KR), as confirmed by a spokesperson for South Korea’s Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT).

Said consortium will be made up of seven construction companies as construction investors, five railway system suppliers, 29 railway design engineers and two financial institutions as monetary investors. Also, more companies are expected to be added into the roster “as soon as possible.”

Earlier on, it was reported that a new company, dubbed MyHSR Corp, will be spearheading the entire project towards its completion. Pre-qualification for the HSR tender is expected to go live in the second half of 2016 with the second phase planned for the later part of the year.