Malaysia to tender ATC centre by April

The Malaysian Government is expected to issue an open tender for the construction of the RM700 million new air traffic control management centre by April.

“We have identified a six-hectare piece of land and are carrying out soil investigations now,” said Director-General of the Department of Civil Aviation, Datuk Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.

The department plans to advertise the open tender by April, he told reporters after speaking at a luncheon talk organised by MIDF Amanah Investment Bank.

Evaluation of the tender will take two months, with the ground breaking of the centre, to be located at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, expected by October, he said.

Completion of the new centre will take 3.5 years, he said.

In the 2014 Budget announcement last year, the government said it would invest RM700 million for the construction of a new air traffic control management centre.

The new centre is set to enhance KLIA’s competitiveness as a regional aviation hub, as the existing centre in Subang is now 20 years old and faces challenges in technology upgrade, Azharuddin said.

Total project cost, which includes the construction of the centre and new solution implementation, should be lower than RM700 million, he said, refusing to offer details.

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