Further milestone reached in EMU procurement process
20 April 2011
A further milestone has been reached in the procurement of new electric trains for the Auckland network with KiwiRail today announcing the short list of two bidders to advance to the final stage of contract negotiations.
Chief executive Jim Quinn says the two remaining bidders for the EMU procurement and maintenance contract are Hyundai Rotem Company; and Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A./ Mitsubishi Corporation.
It is expected the selection of the preferred bidder would be completed by the end of the third quarter 2011, Mr Quinn said.
"Over the next few months we will continue to work with these bidders to develop the proposals leading to their best and final offers. As part of that process we will discuss opportunities relating to the degree of local content in each proposal."
Mr Quinn said there had been a significant level of industry involvement in the procurement process to date which had led to robust and competitive proposals.
"We are very pleased with the quality of the responses and the positive input of all suppliers to date, which gives us great confidence as we head into this vital last stage of contract negotiations and move into the construction phase of the project."
A total of $500 million has been allocated for the purchase of new trains, maintenance and storage depots.
Jenni Austin, Senior Communications Advisor, Mob: 021 961 495