Romanian Rail Reform Authority launched tender for 40 electric units with an option for another 40 trains

The total estimated cost is RON 1.7 billion (EUR 358.8 million) for the first 40 electric units and could amount to RON 4.55 billion (EUR 960 million) for the total of 80 trains with maintenance for 30 years.
Bids can be submitted until 3 June 2019 and evaluated by 5 August 2019. The contract will not be divided on lots. Its duration will be 220 months. 40 new electric units will be purchased in the first phase to operate on suburban and regional routes. The initial order has an option for another 40 electric units.
The financial offer will have a share of 80%, while the technical offer will have a share of 20%.
For the technical offer, a share of maximum 10% will be allocated to the bidder providing a higher transport capacity on condition it preserves the seating/standing ratio, as well as the other safety and comfort norms stipulated in the tender book.
Therefore, for every 10 seats above the minimum stipulated in the tender book of 200 seats, 2% will be granted up to a maximum 10% for 250 seats. A higher number of seats, above the 250, will not be added to the score.
3% will be granted for the offer containing a train unit placed into operation on a European network, acknowledged by the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA).
The new units will run at a maximum speed of 160 km/h. Any rolling stock manufacturer submitting an offer will have to prove that, during the past three years, it delivered at least 40 similar products and provided maintenance to the electric units with a minimum value of RON 114.28 million, VAT free (EUR 24 million, VAT free).
The same package includes the procurement of services for the first 40 electric units, maintenance services, staff training for the operation of trains and software applications.
The project financing is provided through the Operational Programme Large Infrastructure – POIM, and the co-financing is ensured from the state budget.
The first 40 electric units will run on Bucharest Central Station-Ploiesti Sud-Ploiesti Vest, Dej-Cluj-Baciu switchyard, Arad-Timisoara-Lugoj, Pascani-Iasi-Nicolina-Socola, Constanta-Fetesti and Bucharest-Branesti-Fundulea routes.
The second batch of 40 electric units will enter operation on Brasov-Sfantu Gheorghe, Bacau-Roman, Bucharest Central Station-Rosiori Nord, Cluj-Campia Turzii-Alba Iulia, Galati-Braila-Lacul Sarat, Suceava-Pascani and Buzau-Ploiesti Sud-Brazi routes.

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