The Budapest public transport company BKV Rt announced a consortium of France's Alstom Transport and Hungary's Ganz Transelektro Rt as the winners of a tender to supply trains for the capital's second and planned fourth metro lines.
The Budapest Metropolis Consortium won the bid with an offer of €247 million (Ft 65 billion). Shortly after the announcement, a spokesman for Russia's Metrowagonmash, placed second, said the company would appeal the decision with the KDB next week. He said Metrowagonmash offered the trains at a price some €5 million less than that offered by the winners.
BKV said offers by Germany's Siemens, South Korea's Hanwa-Rotem and Canada's Bombardier were disqualified for failing to meet requirements outlined in Hungary's public procurement law.
If the contract with Budapest Metropolis Consortium is signed on June 15, as planned, deadlines for delivering the trains should be kept, BKV deputy CEO Zoltán Donáth said. Speaking before Metrowagonmash's announcement of contesting the results, Donáth noted that appeals by other bidders to the Public Procurement Arbitration Board (KDB) was a possibility that could cause delays.
The winner will deliver 15 trains for the second underground line within two years from signing the contract. It will deliver 22 driverless trains for the fourth line in 2009 and in 2010, when the first stretch of the line is opened, and it enjoys an option to supply a further seven trains for the second stretch of the line. The tender for the trains was called in October 2005, but was delayed because of an appeal by Spain's CAF, which was disqualified from the bidding.