EMU and LRV contracts dominate Q1 2019 fleet activity
Oscar Sinclair, 07/05/19

Five light rail vehicle tenders were launched in Europe during the first quarter of this year, which account for a total of 190 vehicles. The EMU segment has also seen high levels of activity in the first quarter with four major tenders floated in March and April.

Tianjin Metro issued two tenders for new trains to increase fleet capacity for two projects, Line 4 South extension and Line 10 phase 1. The tender for Line 4 calls for 19 six-car trains, formed of four powered vehicles and two trailer cars. The tender for the 21km Line 10, calls for 22 six-car trains. Both lines are expected to open in 2021. The deadline for submitting bids for the two tenders is early May.

Renfe’s board of directors approved the purchase of 211 large-capacity EMUs with an option for 120 additional trains in March 2019, in a contract that is expected to be worth $US 2.5bn. The new trains will aim to alleviate the congestion of Cercanías most critical points. The new trains will be required to seat at least 900 passengers, a 20% increase compared with the existing fleet. The order will comprise 176 100m-long trains and 35 200m-long sets.

In January 2019 three manufacturers submitted bids to supply 70 10-car EMUs for the Buenos Aires suburban network. The contract is estimated to be valued at $US 800m. Alstom, Transmashholding, and Argentinian manufacturer Vermerkiper Engineering were all confirmed as bidders in December 2018. The contract requires 20% of the resources to be locally sourced, with delivery slated for quarter four 2021.

Danish State Railways (DSB) launched a tender for between 90 and 150 trains following an agreement reached between the country’s major parties in February 2018. The order will replace DSB’s ageing DMU fleet with 25kV ac 50Hz EMUs. The order includes the maintenance contract and is expected to be valued up to DKr 22bn ($US 3.3bn). It was announced in October 2018 that four manufacturers had prequalified to supply a minimum of 100 trains. Alstom, Bombardier, Siemens and Stadler are currently negotiating an initial offer, and final offers are expected to be submitted at the start of 2020. The contract will be awarded by mid-2020 with the first trains expected to enter service in 2024.

Duisburg Transport Company (DVG) is looking to acquire 18 new LRVs to replace its oldest vehicles. The order is subject to special requirements as the new vehicles must be capable for running on both the DVG and the Rhienbahn network. The contract is expected to be worth up to €61m ($US 68.5m) with delivery expected by 2025. The contract is expected to be awarded in the first quarter of 2020.

In April Metro de Porto received three bids for a contract to supply 18 light rail vehicles for its network from CRRC, Siemens and Skoda Transportation. The tender was launched in December 2018 and has an estimated value of EUR 56.1m, which includes five years maintenance. Deliveries are expected to take place between 2021 and 2023.

Krakow launched a tender for up to 60 light rail vehicles in April 2019, each vehicle will accommodate up to 220 passengers and have six doors. The deadline for submissions will be in June 2019 and the delivery of the first 10 vehicles is expected by the end of 2021.