[Updated at 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 to add details, comment]
Jakarta. Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Jakarta, a project operator owned by the Jakarta government, signed a "rolling stock" — or train — procurement contract on Tuesday with Sumitomo Corporation, a Japanese trading company.
The contract just signed is the seventh out of an lineup of eight contracts. The eighth contract on railway system and track work is due for signing in late March or April this year.
"The tender process started in April 2012 and ended in 2014," MRT Jakarta president director Dono Boestami said on Tuesday.
On the MRT Jakarta system, a total of 16 Standard Urban Railway System for Asia (STRASYA) trains will operate and each will be able to carry around 1,950 people in a trip. Around 173,400 passengers are estimated to ride the MRT Jakarta system in a day.
"The Nippon Koei tender consultant, which is a lead consultant of the Jakarta Metro Tender Assistance, attended the tender process. Two tender consultants were funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency's official development assistance loan," Dono said.
The rolling stock procurement must be completed in 185 weeks and is estimated to cost Rp 145 billion ($11 million).
The Jakarta government and Japanese investors are funding the MRT’s construction, which was divided into two stages. The first stage of the MRT’s line construction stretches from Lebak Bulus in South Jakarta to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta, from which the second stage will run to Kampung Bandan, which borders North and Central Jakarta.
“The MRT development is divided into two stages, and so is the financing. They [JICA] will finish the second stage, which will cost Rp 16 trillion,” said Andrinof Chaniago, who heads the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas).