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Spanish CAF challenges results of Pasažieru vilciens’ train procurement project

It seems that not only Czech Škoda Vagonka but also Spanish Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles has decided to challenge results of the train procurement project organized by Latvian Pasažieru vilciens.

Procurement Monitoring Bureau has yet to set a term to review both applications.

On Tuesday, 4 December, representatives of Škoda Vagonka organized a press-conference to report on possible violations and tell about the project’s future development. The press-conference was be attended by the company’s vice-president Ivo Gurnak, Škoda Vagonka business development director Roman Sorkin, as well as Czech Republic’s ambassador to Latvia Miroslav Kosek.

Pasažieru vilciens representative Agnese Līcīte previously said that the company respects the right of all participants to turn to Procurement Monitoring Bureau with complaints.

«Complaints have been submitted to the Procurement Monitoring Bureau. In their applications, companies question the procurement project, starting with other contenders’ qualifications all the way to the announcement of results. Additionally, applicants question the conditions used to evaluate offers and point to possible violations of regulations that govern negotiation procedures and financial offers. They also question information submitted by other contenders,» said Līcīte.

Pasažieru vilciens picked Spanish Patentes Talgo S.L. as the winner of the train procurement project. The company’s offer was EUR 225,303,262. This amount includes the price of the trains, procurement of maintenance equipment and spare parts, as well as personnel training.

Pasažieru vilciens’ board chairman Rodžers Jānis Grigulis explains that Talgo’s offer was more economical across the agreed upon period of use of those trains – 35 years. When asked about the prices offered by other contenders, Grigulis the next most economic offer was EUR 20 million more expensive.

Four contenders competed in the procurement for the right to supply 32 new trains – Talgo, Swiss Stadler’s Polish subsidiary, CAF and Škoda Vagonka.

This is Latvia’s third attempt to purchase new trains. CAF and Stadler took part in the very first procurement attempt. CAF was announced the victor then. However, as a result of a litigation initiated by Stadler, results of this procurement were cancelled. The second procurement also included participation from Hyundai Rotem and Stadler. Hyundai had the better offer price-wise but was excluded from the tender because of technical reasons. Then the transport minister Anrijs Matīss announced later that there is no funding available to procure trains from Stadler. The procurement was then cancelled entirely.


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