KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 28): Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) said that KL International Airport (KLIA) Automated People Mover (APM) tender to replace its aging skytrains is now at the final stage of the evaluation process.
In a statement, the airport operator said it had identified a final list of candidates after completing the technical evaluation phase, with shortlisted candidates now being evaluated based on the commercial terms of their bids.
“Malaysia Airports’ tendering approach prioritizes the achievement of its business objectives, as well as the technical and performance requirements of the project. All bids are evaluated objectively and fairly against established requirements.
“Bidders who do not meet these requirements will not proceed to the final trade evaluation stage and all unsuccessful bidders to date have been duly informed of their status,” he said in a statement.
The tender is expected to close within the next two months and the group said it will make the appropriate announcement once a formal award is approved by its board of directors.
The three aerotrains currently in service at KLIA must be replaced as the assets approach their end of life phase, the group said, noting that two of the aerotrains had been in service since the airport opened in 1998 with a third train. . added in 2010.
Over the past 20 years, APM technology has evolved significantly, replacing that currently used in KLIA and making the maintenance of an aging asset unsustainable in terms of operational efficiency and cost, he said.
The tender was launched in July 2020, after MAHB completed three feasibility studies to determine the best possible solution to connect passengers between the main terminal and satellite buildings in terms of feasibility of implementation, sustainability in restoring the future extension of the terminal and financial viability.
The airport operator has also conducted a series of stakeholder engagements with the Ministry of Transport (MoT), the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), the Malaysian Aviation Commission ( Mavcom) and the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD) for the necessary comments. .
“As a result, it was recommended that the best possible solution for KLIA is to perform an identical replacement of all systems linked to the APM.
“The whole point of an like-for-like replacement is that it has the advantage of being the least disruptive, as well as the most convenient and cost effective. However, it was also determined that the airport should be opened to assess all other APM technologies available on the market, ”he explained today.
The group said that there are generally two main types of APM technology available in the market today involving train and railroad systems, namely self-propelled and cables.
For KLIA, several criteria are essential to its business needs and are therefore further highlighted, one of which is that this new APM system is a brownfield replacement project in a busy airport. The airport currently uses a self-propelled system.
“As such, replacing trains with similar but newer technology is the least disruptive in terms of operational downtime and infrastructure readiness. Other major criteria include reliability, availability, serviceability, security and flexibility of the system to meet future needs, ”he added.