ECRL project in Malaysia reaches 30% construction completion

The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project in Malaysia has reached 30% construction completion, Chinese public news channel CGTN reported.

Part of China’s Belt and Road initiative, the 655 km long project will link the east coast of Malaysia with the western part of the country. China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) is the main contractor for the project.

The project represents an investment of approximately $12 billion.

In particular, work on the project was suspended in 2018 for financial reasons. Construction work then resumed in 2019 following the signing of revised agreements.

In the report, CGTN added that excavation work has started on the project’s Genting tunnel.

Meanwhile, CCCC runs a program for young Malaysians with the aim of hiring local talent for the construction and operation phases of the project.

Facility relocation manager Wan Azman Bin Wan told the publication that they plan to recruit 5,000 railway construction and operation workers to improve local involvement.

When completed, ECRL will improve connectivity and reduce travel times between Kuala Lumpur and Kota Bharu to less than four hours.

The project is also expected to contribute about 2.7% to the country’s economic growth, according to Malaysia Industrial Development Finance. The project is expected to be completed in 2027.

Recently, Ekovest Construction (ECSB) was awarded a $447 million contract for the Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail project.

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