The Romanian Railway Reform Authority (ARF) announced that Pesa Bydgoszcz is the winner of the tender to supply 20 medium and long-distance EMUs (so-called RE-IR2 trains). The contract also includes the provision of maintenance services for a period of 15 years.
Alstom Transport Romania and Pesa Bydgoszcz were the two rolling stock manufacturers that submitted their bids for this tender.
Pesa Bydgoszcz was selected following the evaluation of the technical and financial proposals as well as the eligibility documents of the two rolling stock manufacturers that submitted bids and receiving the unconditional approvals from the National Agency for Public Procurement (NAPP).
The value of the procurement of new trains is estimated between RON 1.2 billion (EUR 240.4 million) and RON 2.4 billion (EUR 475 million) and includes the maintenance services, the necessary repairs and staff training as well as the technical assistance for the period required by the terms of reference.
ARF also says that the contract also includes a revision specification related to the possibility to order an additional nine interregional electric trains and to extend the maintenance period with 15 more years. The additional trains will be ordered by concluding additional document at contract signing.
The procurement of medium and long-distance EMUs is financed by the Romania’s recovery and resilience plan (PNRR) and by the state budget through the Transport and Infrastructure Ministry, “within the limits of the annual approved funding for the project, according to the public investment programmes,” ARF says.
Based on the feasibility study of this train procurement, as well as the technical-economic indicators approved by the Romanian Government, the new EMUs will be used under the award of public service contracts.
The RE-IR2 trains will be put into operation on the following routes:
- Cluj Napoca – Sighișoara – Brașov;
- Cluj Napoca – Alba lulia – Simeria – Târgu Jiu – Craiova;
- Brașov – Ploiești – Buzău – Focșani – Bacău- Pașcani – Iași/Suceava;
- Galați – Mărășești – Bacău – Pașcani – lași/Suceava;
- Galați-Brăila – Făurei – Fetești – Constanța – Mangalia;
- Mangalia – Constanța – Fetești – Brăila – Mărășești – Bacău -Pașcani – Iași/Suceava;
- Giurgiu – București – Ciulnița – Călărași.
After Cluj Napoca – Oradea and Craiova – Calafat lines will be electrified, the trains will be deployed on other routes such as Oradea – Cluj Napoca – Sighișoara – Brașov and Cluj Napoca – Alba lulia – Simeria – Târgu Jiu – Craiova – Calafat.