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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Tunnelling Job Bores Through

A milestone for the sector. We take a positive view of this news as it is a significant
milestone for the water sector. The timing of the award was a slight surprise as we
had expected the recent cabinet reshuffle to result in a slight delay for the project
award following the award of the letter of intent (LOI) to the Shimizu consortium a few
months back. The water transfer project is the first mega job to be rolled out under the
9MP after the announcement of the second stimulus package in Mar 09. Our channel
checks indicate that the tunnelling job will move fairly quickly from here on and the
notification to start work should be received in a matter of days. Once site possession
is obtained, major resource mobilisation will be underway, including Shimizu’s
positioning of the tunnel boring machine (TBM) near the Titiwangsa range. We think
that actual work could start within a month, suggesting a mid-2014 timeframe for
completion of the project.
No details on scope of works. Details of the scope of works are not available. IJM’s
share of works based on its 20% stake works out to RM260m or just RM26m profit
enhancement assuming a 10% pretax margin. We are not revising our earnings
forecasts as the RM260m share of works is already part of our assumption for new
contracts for IJM. That said, the award of the project raises IJM’s profile as it is one of
the main contractors of the country’s largest water infrastructure project.
Focus will now shift to the remaining major components of the water transfer project,
i.e. the Kelau dam and the Langat 2 water treatment plant. We expect the feasibility
studies for both to be concluded sometime in early 2H09, making way for the
tendering process. We gather that the Shimizu consortium is eyeing the Kelau dam
job which has an estimated value of roughly double the tunnelling job. This suggests
that IJM’s potential share of works could be more than RM500m

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