Bulgarian railway operator BDZ Passengers canceled a tender for the supply of up to 16 new electric multiple unit (MU) trains worth an estimated 246.8 million levs ($149.1 million/126.2 million euro), the company's parent BDZ Holding said on Tuesday.
The tender was cancelled because two of the three participants - Romania's Alstom Ferroviaria S.p.A. and a consortium comprising Poland-based Stadler Polska, Switzerland-based Stadler Bussnang and Stadler Service, did not take part in the negotiations stage of the procedure and have not stated that their initial offers are final, state-owned railway group BDZ Holding said in a statement.
The contracting authority can not award the contract to the third participant, a tie-up between Siemens Mobility Austria and Siemens Mobility Bulgaria, as this would violate the principle of free competition, BDZ Holding, said adding that the offer of that consortium exceeds the price estimated by the railway operator.
According to information published on BDZ Holding's website, the Siemens Mobility Austria-Siemens Mobility Bulgaria consortium proposed to deliver the electric multiple unit trains for a price of 262.9 million levs.
BDZ Passengers' decision to cancel the tender can be challenged within ten days since its publication, according to BDZ Holding's statement.
All 16 trains are expected to be delivered within three years from the date of the signing of the contract, with the first delivery to be made within two years, BDZ Passengers said in January 2020, when it launched the tender.