Škoda Vagonka: Talgo’s price in PV train pro­cure­ment is too high

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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.

Zane Bitere/LETA

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