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February 4, 2023

Five companies compete for EUR 440 M Bucharest subway contract

With a view to the expansion of the underground transport lines to a total length of 100 km in the coming years, Metrorex – company that manages and operates the Bucharest underground transport system – wants to rejuvenate its rolling stock. The tendering procedure launched by Metrorex has attracted bids from five companies – a Romanian one, Astra Vagoane Calatori Arad, Alstom (France), CAF (Spain), CSR (China), Pesa (Poland). The train purchase contract has an estimated value of up to RON 1.92 bn (EUR 429.5 M), inclusive of VAT.
Within this new contract, Metrorex plans to buy a maximum of 51 new subway trains for the Drumul Taberei-Pantelimon line. The contract will be financed from a foreign EIB loan with sovereign guarantees and from the budget, according to the tender notice published by Metrorex halfway this year.
The trains will be bought in an open auction where the price of the bid will weigh 60 per cent. The other criteria are technical capabilities (15 per cent), delivery terms (12 per cent), maintenance conditions and costs (3 per cent and 5 per cent) and warranty (5 per cent).
The Eroilor-Drumul Taberei segment of the subway Line 5 will be completed in the latter half of 2015, and the deadline for the finalisation of the entire line is 2020. The construction of the new tube line is funded from European funds and by the state.

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