20 new electric units will be procured in the first phase at an estimated cost of EUR 120 million. The new trains will have to be capable to reach speeds of 160 km/h and to provide a transport capacity of at least 190 seats, each. The financing will come from European funds. The Romanian Railway Reform Authority estimates that the contract notice will be published on 28 January 2019 and that attribution procedures will be carried out starting with 4 February 2019. The attribution criteria follow the best price – performance ratio, but it is for the first time that the financial component, with a share of 49%, is almost equal with the technical offer, which has a share of 51%. The contract will not be divided on lots.
Tenders for the other types of rolling stock, used for medium and inter-regional railway traffic, will be organised at a later stage.
The current total value of eligible funds for rolling stock procurement – stipulated in the Operational Programme Large Infrastructure 2014-2020 – is of around EUR 250 million and it is possible to be supplemented.
According to requirements, the future regional electric units (RE-R) will be used for commercial service on the electrified railways of the national network and they will get energy from the 25 kV, 50 Hz overhead line travelling on 1435 mm standard gauge lines. The new rolling stock will have to meet the requirements included in the technical specifications for interoperability STI LOC & PAS, STI NOI, STI CCS, STI.