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FULL STORY: “A JAPANESE consortium has begun groundwork ahead of bidding for the high-speed rail (HSR) project linking Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.
Four major companies – the East Japan Railway Company (JR-East), Sumitomo Corporation, Hitachi and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – intend to offer the efficiency and reliability of Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train system.
Targeted for completion in 2020, the line will be between 320km and 340km in length and is undergoing an engineering study. Issues such as financing and governance will have to be worked out by both countries’ governments before a tender can be called.
The Japanese consortium was formed a year ago. Singapore-based executives from JR-East and Sumitomo said on Wednesday that presentations were made to the Land Transport Authority last November, and Malaysia’s Land Public Transport Commission this month.
Katsuhito Horiguchi, general manager of the environment and infrastructure group at Sumitomo Corporation Asia and Oceania, said Sumitomo started looking for partners about three years ago.
While the exact roles of the four core members have yet to be decided, it is likely they will play to the strengths of each.
Trading house Sumitomo can be expected to drive the project development, while Shinkansen operator JR-East will offer train operations and maintenance know-how.
Hitachi and Mitsubishi could supply the technical expertise.
It is the first time the four companies have joined together for an HSR project.
Sumitomo was part of another consortium that helped to build the Taiwan High Speed Rail, which opened in 2007, using technology similar to that of the Shinkansen system.
Horiguchi said it is still too early to reveal the group’s plans for the HSR, adding that they will depend on the requirements of both countries. — The...Four companies link up for high-speed rail bid - Regional | The Star Online
A JAPANESE consortium has begun groundwork ahead of bidding for the high-speed rail (HSR) project linking Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.