RENFE High Speed Train Bidders Announced
Spanish rail operator RENFE have announced the shortlist for the provision of a new RENFE high-speed train and a maintenance contract lasting 30 years, with an option to extend by a further 10 years. The competing companies are Alstom Spain, Bombardier, CAF, Siemens and Talgo. The winning bidder will be announced in October 2016.
The five companies have submitted bids to supply high-speed trains to RENFE. The tender includes the purchase of 15 high-speed trains, with the possibility to extend the order for up to 15 additional trains. This is as well as the maintenance for thirty years with an option to extend for a further ten.
The new RENFE fleet will feature the latest technology in rolling stock. They will operate at 320 km/h, be energy efficient and feature a range of services and on-board entertainment. The trains must also have a minimum of 400 seats in two classes, catering facilities, wifi and be universally accessible. In addition, they must have independent lighting and air-conditioning for each car.
The competition is a transparent process and affords equal opportunities for all competitors. The first phase of the competition is a pre-qualification of bidders, in addition to the requirement for a manufacturer of trains, the competitors must meet the requirements of technical and economic-financial solvency. Seven companies made is through this first phase.
The second phase required the submission of tenders in an open tender procedure. RENFE then received offers from four manufacturers. Following the opinion of the Central Administrative Tribunal of Contractual Appeals (TACRC) which challenged various clauses of a statement made by Bombardier, but found that a clause which required that manufacture of the trains took place in Spain to be invalid. RENFE deleted this clause and set a new deadline of bids, which ended this month.
RENFE will now consider the offers received.