For its ground-breaking innovation in tunnelling and underground construction, the Klang Valley MRT Putrajaya Line mega project in Malaysia is capping off 2021 with three prestigious global awards. It was named International Project of the Year at the Ground Engineering (GE) Awards 2021, Major Project of the Year at the International Tunnelling Awards (ITA) 2021, and Tunnelling Project of the Year at the New Civil Engineer (NCE) Tunnelling Festival 2021.

Running through the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the KVMRT Putrajaya Line mega-infrastructure rail project is part of the city’s expanding metro rail network. As the city center is a highly built-up area, the only viable solution to connect the rail alignment is to go underground at varying depths to overcome challenges that include other intersecting underground infrastructures like a tunnel motorway and other metro lines.

AECOM was the tender design consultant to MMC Gamuda KVMRT (MGKT) in this project and is now the lead design consultant for the entire 13.5 km of the underground section of line. We are also the civil and structural detailed design consultant for six underground stations and the MEP detailed design consultant for the entire underground works package. The project’s total estimate cost is €900 million (US$1.02 billion).

ST Poh, Senior Vice President, Head of Rail and Transit, Asia, AECOM, shares, “It’s a great honor not only to be part of this award-winning project, but to be part of the effort in bringing more efficient and sustainable transportation solutions for Klang Valley in Malaysia. Our Client, MGKT’s winning of this award is a testament to the innovation and excellence brought about by the entire project team and our close collaboration with the client.”

Scheduled for full opening in 2023, the Putrajaya Line is the second MRT line that will serve a corridor with around two million people stretching from Kwasa Damansara, a new township near Sungai Buloh, all the way towards Malaysia’s federal administrative center Putrajaya.

It spans a total length of 57.7 km, consisting of 44.2 km of elevated portion and 13.5 km of twin tunnels, hosting 27 elevated stations along with nine underground stations, with provisions to add another four stations should the need arise.  It has 10 interchange stations with existing metro lines, as well as to future lines, including the proposed Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail (HSR).

The KVMRT project has been a trailblazer on various fronts in the local and regional construction industry. In addition to being recognized for its innovation in tunnelling and underground construction, the project has also been recognized for its extensive use of geospatial technology. It won two awards at the Asia Geospatial Excellence Awards 2017 under the categories of Transport Infrastructure and Digital Engineering.

AECOM was a joint recipient of the Digital Engineering award, along with MGKT and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Corporation. The project was recognized for the use of geographic information system (GIS) in the construction of the Putrajaya Line, which is an advanced mapping tool that is designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze and present all types of geographical dat