Prasa announces bidders for new trains

Prasa has confirmed that a total of seven companies and consortia have submitted bids.

Prasa has confirmed that a total of seven companies and consortia have submitted bids.
Prasa announces bidders for new trains

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), the State-owned commuter-rail utility, has confirmed that a total of seven companies and consortia have submitted bids to build and supply modern commuter trains in response to a request for proposals, which was issued on April 19 and closed on September 30.

The rolling stock is to be delivered over a 20-year period from 2015. It is part of a R123-billion fleet renewal project to manufacture and supply 7 224 new commuter coaches to the Metrorail commuter service.A further R14.5-billion is to be spent on infrastructure upgrades and the construction of new depots..

According to Prasa, the following companies/consortia have made submissions:

·         CAF, of Spain; 

·         Bombadier, of Canada;

·         China South Rail;

·         China North Rail;

·         Gibela Rail Transportation, which is a French consortium comprising Alstom and Actom;

·         Dudula Rail, a consortium comprising ABB South Africa and Stagler of Switzerland; and

·          CSR/Wictra, a consortium comprising CSR, of China and Wictra of South Africa.

 

Prasa said it hoped to appoint the preferred bidder by the end of November after the evaluation of the proposals.

According to Prasa CEO Tshepo Lucky Montana  bidders will have to comply with government’s set localisation target of 65%. The preferred bidder will also be required to set up a factory and supply chain in South Africa, employ local people and transfer skills to Prasa.

The first trains were expected to arrive between July and December 2015.

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