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Rīgas satiksme would have earned a lot more if tramways had been sold for scrap metal

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIf the municipal public transport company Rīgas satiksme had sold its written off tramways for scrap, revenue from each separate unit would have been more than the near EUR 2,500 – the price paid for each of the 30 tramways sold to the Ukrainian Real-NP company. The latter plans to use them for public transport service in Kharkiv.

Head of scrap procurement and processing company Tolmets Ieva Otaņķe estimates that a single 14-18 ton tramway would cost EUR 3,500 at current prices for black metals, Pietiek reports.

It should be said, however, that tramways do not consist solely out of black metals; there are also non-ferrous metals used in manufacturing. ‘It is hard for me to name an exact price – it depends on specifications and use of non-ferrous metals, which are more valuable than black metals,’ – said Tolmeta representative. Scrap metal extracted from tramway cables and engines is bought for prices ranging from EUR 4.5 to EUR 50 per 1 kg. The price of black metals at Tolmeta ranges is EUR 215 per 1 ton on average.

She adds that her represented company would have definitely participated in the auction if it had known RS was selling its written off tramways. ‘We would have fought for such a large number of tramways, because we’ve bought tramways and trains in the past. We have plenty of experience with purchasing this type of metals,’ – she said.

RS claims it followed the minimum requirements for organizing an auction. It is clear, however, that RS did not want to attract a lot of interest. ‘It would be ridiculous if we checked the websites of RS and other transport companies every day just to check if they plan to sell some of their vehicles,’ – said Tolmeta’s representative.

Technical Director of Liepajas tramway Aigars Rauda explains every time the company hands over its tramways to be taken apart for scrap, their interiors are taken apart (seats, doors and other spare parts that can be used in repairs of other tramways). Only the actual metal parts of the tramways are scraped.

As previously reported, RS took special care to make sure its tramways were acquired specifically by the Ukrainian Real-NP company.

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