Newag is the single bidder of the PKP Intercity tender covering the procurement of 63 electric multi-system locomotives with the option for 32 additional vehicles including the provision for maintenance services. PLN 2.31 billion (EUR 527 million) is the budget to acquire the locomotives and if the option is exercised, the total value of the contract is PLN 3.50 billion (EUR 798.3 million). The tender has been announced in 2021.
At this stage of the procedure, the long-distance operator is evaluating the submitted bid in relation to the adopted criteria of the assessment, which includes, among others, the unit price of the vehicle delivery or the rate for the provision of maintenance services.
The signing of the contract was scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023.
Under the requirements, the first two locomotives should be delivered within 24 months from the date of signing the contract, while the entire order must be completed within 60 months from the date of signing the contract.
The new 63 electric multi-system locomotives will be able to run on railway lines powered by varying voltage of 3kV DC, 15kV AC, 25kV AC.
The maximum speed of vehicles is not less than 200 km/h.
The selected manufacturer will also have to be allowed to permit vehicles for operation in six countries – Poland, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
All locomotives will be equipped with ETCS Level 2.
In 2021, PKP Intercity signed a contract with Newag a contract for the supply of 10 new multi – system electric locomotives with the option for 5 additional units, exercised in June 2023. The value of the order increased from PLN 258.6 million (EUR 59 million) to nearly PLN 388 million (EUR 88.5 million).
So far, PKP Intercity has ordered 127 electric or multi – system locomotives together. During the implementation there is an order for 20 EU160 Griffin electric locomotives.
In October, Newag was also the single bidder of a tender to supply PKP Intercity 46 single-system electric locomotives including the provision of maintenance services. These locomotives will be equipped with ETCS Level 2 and will be able to run at 160 km/h.