MRT Jakarta to Announce Project Bid Winners Soon
Lenny Tristia Tambun
Two groups combining Japanese and Indonesian companies are at the top of a list of those likely to win tenders for three projects linked to the Jakarta mass rapid transit system, the transit organization head said on Friday.
MRT Jakarta director Tribudi Rahardjo named the two likely winners as the Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Company-Hutama Karya Joint Operation and the Shimizu-Obayashi-Wijaya Karya-Jaya Construction Joint Venture. Eight other conglomerates, all of which connect Japanese companies and Indonesian state enterprises, were involved in the tender process.
The three work projects, out of eight total MRT projects, concern the construction of the underground portion of the MRT network. Of the remaining five projects, three concern the elevated portion of the network, while the two others are for system procurements and train rolling stock.
“The tender process has already begun for six out of the eight work projects — three for underground work and three for elevated work. The three projects related to the underground work, which have a total value of Rp 4.5 trillion [$470 million], are now ready to move on to the next stage of the tender process,” Tribudi said.
After prequalification, he said, candidate contractors underwent a technical evaluation. This evaluation was recently completed and the results were confirmed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency on Aug. 28.
All tender participants passed the technical evaluation stage and offers are currently being studied. Winners are expected to be announced on Oct. 11 or 12, after confirming with the nominated groups.
“Hopefully, on October 4 we can confirm with those groups that were nominated, and after that we will make a final announcement,” Tribudi said.
He added that there were procedures that had to be followed, including obtaining approval from Japan as the decision concerns the withdrawal of funds.
Tribudi said that in the tender, each consortium could make bids for several project packets.
Fauzi Bowo, the outgoing Jakarta governor, claimed that the MRT project had made significant progress and that the operation of the first corridor would likely meet its 2016 target.
“This shows that the Jakarta administration hasn’t been sleeping in conducting the Jakarta MRT project,” he said at a press conference on Friday.