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The passenger division of the Bulgarian national railway company “Bulgarian Bulgarian Railway” (BJ) is considering the possibility of acquiring 10 locomotives from Siemens following a tender in which the manufacturer became the sole participant. This was reported in the BJ press release.

In early April, BJ announced a tender for the purchase of 5 to 10 electric locomotives with maintenance for 3 years and a replacement in case of breakdown.

 It is assumed that each locomotive will pass at least 250 thousand km per year. Delivery must be arranged within 18 months after signing the contract.

“The main criterion for choosing a contractor is to provide the lowest cost for the estimated minimum annual mileage,” the BJ noted.

An application for participation in the competition was submitted only by the regional subsidiary of the German concern Siemens. The full contract price proposed by him reaches 57.5 million leva (29.4 million euros). 

This is more than twofold the estimated cost that the BJ said when organizing the competition, which amounted to about 25.7 million leva (13.1 million euros).

Now companies are negotiating. “After consideration and confirmation of the technical proposal, the procedure will continue from the moment of opening the price offer and negotiations with a possible supplier,” the BJ said.

As the Hooter reported, last year the BJ plannedupdating the rolling stock fleet under the program in three stages. The first provides for intensive repairs of the existing fleet until 2022, in order to reduce the shortage of locomotives and trains, on average 15 locomotives should be updated per year.

 The second stage involves the purchase of 10 to 15 trains for transportation over medium distances and from 30 to 50 cars that can run at a speed of 160 km / h. 

At the third stage of the program, from 2030 Siemens Desiro trains will be replaced, as well as locomotives and wagons that have expired, used in international transportation.

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