Bulgaria selects Stadler for EMU contract

EMUs for Bulgaria

Stadler Polska won the contract for the supply of 35 EMUs for Bulgaria state owned operator BDZ Passenger Transport, following intensive negotiations, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Georgi Gvozdeykov, announced.

BGN 642.5 million (EUR 323 million) is the proposed price with delivery being scheduled within 28 months (more than 2 years).

The Ministry of Transport switched to negotiated procedure without prior announcement for the supply of 35 electric multiple units, given the complexity and specificity of the order. “All this happened according to clear criteria and methodology, which were similar for all 4 companies that came to the negotiations,” the minister said.

For the manufacturing and supply of these new trains, Alstom, Pesa, Škoda and Stadler Polska submitted their bids, but  two bidders failed to comply with the technical requirements set out in terms of delivery times, certification, and other technical details for the commissioning of the rolling stock.

In April, Stadler was awarded another contract to supply 7 new double-decker trains which will be delivered within 26 months (from contract signing) with an option for 3 additional trains. The contract also includes the provision of 15 years of maintenance for the trains and training for the operating staff.  “The main issue now is the procurement of 20 push-pull trains, which are for long distance services. We are currently negotiating with the European Commission, and our wish is to replace the type of trains with one that can be produced in a shorter time. We are already on the brink technologically with the production time, but we will do our best to save these funds as well’, the minister explained.

The new EMUs for Bulgaria will be purchased with Recovery and Sustainability Plan funds. “A contract has already been signed for the manufacture of 9 shunting locomotives which will be needed for the depot activities”, the minister recalled.

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