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Skoda Vagonka appeals result of tender to supply electric trains to Pasazieru Vilciens

BC, Riga, 03.12.2018.Print version
Czech train manufacturer Skoda Vagonka has filed an application with the Latvian Public Procurement Monitoring Bureau claiming violations in a negotiations procedure held by Pasazieru Vilciens rail passenger carrier to select a supplier of new electric passenger trains, the company's representatives informed LETA.

Skoda Vagonka is organizing a news conference on Tuesday, December 4, to provide more detailed information about the train tender, with Skoda Vagonka vice-president Ivo Gumak, regional sales director Romans Sorkins and Czech Ambassador to Latvia Miroslav Kosek expected to participate in the event.

At the news conference, the Skoda Vagonka representatives will inform about the procurement process, exposing alleged violations, and possible further developments.

As reported, Spanish company Talgo has won the tender to supply new passenger trains to Pasazieru Vilciens for EUR 225,303,262. The contract price includes delivery of the trains and the equipment necessary for their maintenance, spare parts for the first five years and training of the personnel.

Pasazieru Vilciens CEO Rodzers Janis Grigulis said that the bid submitted by the Spanish company was economically the most feasible for the train’s projected service life of 35 years. Asked about the prices offered by other bidders, Grigulis said that the next best offer had been EUR 20 mln costlier.

The new passenger trains will be delivered to Pasazieru Vilciens gradually, from 2020 to 2023.

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