The first stage of PV’s application submission period concluded on Friday, 30 October. Applications have been received from Spanish Patentes Talgo S.L. (Talgo), Swiss Stadler Company’s subsidiary in Poland Stadler Polska Sp. z o.o., Russian Uralskie lokomotivi, Spanish Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A. and Czech Škoda vagonka a.s..
Alers said Stadler and CAF had taken part in previous PV train procurements.
«The procurement process has been organized in order to find as many potential suppliers as possible, which will allow us to find the best possible offer and best possible price. The industry’s overall interest for this project has so far been the largest we have ever seen in Latvia. It proves we have chosen a procurement form that contributes to competition. In the future, it will secure better conditions for train procurements,» – said PV CEO Andris Lubans.
The procurement process provides for a full evaluation of received offers in the near future. Once it is complete, PV will announce contenders with the best offers. From there, the procurement will move onto its second stage. Qualified contenders will be provided with full technical specifications and will be required to provide appropriate offers within 75 days. The best offer will be chosen and announced in spring 2016.
The most important criteria for the first stage of the procurement are suppliers’ experience working on the European market and with 1520 mm railway trains. Financial stability is an important factor as well.
«The goal of this procurement project is to improve comfort for passengers and secure more trains for morning and evening hours. New trains will be safer, quieter and more comfortable,» – says PV board member Maris Bremze.
Talgo is a Spanish train manufacturer. It has branches in USA, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, UAE, India and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Talgo’s produced trains can be found in France, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Argentina and Uzbekistan.
Czech Škoda Vagonka was previously called ČKD Vagonka, but ever since 2005 the company has been part of Škoda Holding. The name change came in 2008. Last year, Škoda Vagonka signed a contract with Lietuvos Geležinkeliai on the supply of three two-storey rolling stocks. In total, there are already ten such rolling stocks used in Lithuania.
Russian Uralskie lokomotivi was founded in 2010 on the base of Uralskiy Zavod Zheleznodorozhnogo Mashinostroyeniya in cooperation with German Siemens. This company also developed and manufactured the Lastochka trains used during the Sochi Olympics.
Stadler Rail Group offers railway solutions adapted to their clients’ needs. Stadler Group companies are located in Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Belarus, Algeria and USA.
Spanish CAF specializes in metro, tram and train manufacturing. CAF has branches in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Netherlands, UK, Hungary, Turkey, USA, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Qatar, India, Malaysia, Australia and Algeria. Last year, CAF’s turnover reached EUR 1.447 billion and the concern gained a total of EUR 59.7 billion in revenue.