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Meinhardt and SYSTRA win two Reference Design Consultant (RDC) contracts for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail Project

Global engineering firms SYSTRA and Meinhardt announced today that they have been awarded two Reference Design Consultant (RDC) contracts for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR) project by MyHSR Corporation, the company responsible for the development and promotion of the project.

SYSTRA and Meinhardt will provide the full range of multidisciplinary services and expertise required for the RDC contracts. These contracts also mark the start of an engineering collaboration between the two companies.

The first contract (RDC01) covers the civil reference design works of the two international stations within Malaysia: Bandar Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and Iskandar Puteri at the Southern end of the Malaysian alignment. The second contract (RDC03) covers the civil reference design works covering the first 38km from Bandar Malaysia Station to the State border between Selangor and Negeri Sembilan.

Pierre Verzat, CEO of SYSTRA, said: “We are proud to have been awarded these contracts. This is a very prestigious project that all the world’s major engineering companies want to work on and we are honoured to have been selected. Together with our partners, we look forward to working with MyHSR Corporation to deliver this transformational project.”

Omar Shahzad, Group CEO of Meinhardt Group, said: “We are excited to be working with SYSTRA and other partners to undertake this iconic transportation project in Southeast Asia. This win gives a major impetus to our collaboration with SYSTRA to leverage our complementary skill sets, capabilities and local presence across the transportation sector.”

The Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR is one of the largest transport infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia. An important project under Malaysia’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), the HSR project will connect seven cities in Malaysia to Singapore. The new link will reduce travel times between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore to 90 minutes and connect smaller cities in Peninsular Malaysia to the two major metropolises.


The global leader in public transport infrastructure, SYSTRA (an engineering company owned by RATP and SNCF) has specialised in the mass transit and rail market since 1957. Its ambition is to serve emerging needs for collective and sustainable mobility throughout the world.

With a presence in 80 countries, SYSTRA is working on close to 3,000 projects for high speed rail, traditional rail lines, metros and tramways throughout the world. Over the past 30 years, SYSTRA has been involved in more than half of the world’s high speed lines. We designed the world’s fastest high speed line, clocked at 574.8 kilometres per hour. SYSTRA’s current high speed projects include the South Europe Atlantic (SEA) high speed line, the Nîmes-Montpellier Bypass and the Brittany-Loire high speed line – all in France – as well as Sweden’s Ostlänken high speed line and Morocco’s Tangier-Casablanca high speed line. Projects under way in Southeast Asia include the Jakarta light rail transit, Kuala Lumpur light rail transit line 3, Hanoi metro line 3, Ho Chi Minh City metro Line 1 and Shanghai metro line 8, phase 3. SYSTRA has also recently completed the automation of Line 1 of the Santiago metro in Chile.

About Meinhardt

Meinhardt Group with over 60 years’ experience and 45 offices worldwide, provides engineering consulting capabilities in Civil & Infrastructure, Planning & Urban Development, Structural Engineering, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Engineering, Project Management, Water & Environment.

Our specialist capabilities cover Façade Engineering; Environmentally Sustainable Designs (ESD); Fire Performance Engineering; Integrated Design Management; Specialist Lighting and Mission Critical Facility Design.

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