Škoda Vagonka: Talgo’s price in PV train procurement is too high
Spanish Talgo – the company that won in the train procurement project organized by Pasažieru vilciens – does not have sufficient experience and qualifications. Additionally, their offered price is too high for it to have won in the procurement, according to Škoda Vagonka representatives.
«From 6 August onward the next most economic offer was 4% more expensive. We have reasons to believe that our offer was intentionally made more expensive three months after. There was a change in applied method and corrections of previous estimates. PV insisted on this. We agreed as much in multiple cases even though we knew well it would make our offer more expensive,» said Škoda Vagonka representative Riman Sorkin.
He reminded that the initial offer from Škoda Vagonka in regards to average costs per passenger seat a year was EUR 893.59. The company is still prepared to secure this. This price increased only because of the correction performed by PV. After negotiations with PV, the price offered by Škoda Vagonka reached EUR 912.05, whereas after corrections insisted by PV, which was unacceptable for Škoda Vagonka, the price grew again to reach EUR 928.05. At the same time, Talgo’s offered costs per passenger seat a year reach EUR 932.32. By picking Talgo as the winner in the procurement, Latvia will have to overpay EUR 10 million for the new trains, according to representatives of Škoda Vagonka.
Sorkin also said the non-compliance of prices is one of the company’s main objections in the procurement project. Other objections appear because of the fact that Talgo, unlike Škoda Vagonka, does not manufacture the trains PV plans to procure. Additionally, Talgo lacks the necessary qualifications, Škoda Vagonka adds.
The company’s vice-president Ivo Gurnak adds that extensive experience is needed to manufacture train models required in the procurement project – Talgo lacks this experience. ‘Our offer is better. We should have won,’ he said.
Because of the aforementioned reasons, Škoda Vagonka has turned to the Procurement Monitoring Bureau with an application, detailing violations in the procurement process. The company’s future decisions will depend on PMB’s response.
As previously reported, PV has picked Spanish Talgo as the winner of the train procurement project. The company’s proposed price was UER 225,303,262.