Monday, September 25, 2023

CAF is seeking a 2.7 billion contract in Denmark

Come on Danish State Railways (DSB in the Danish acronym) ranks CAF among the three finalists for a contract whose value can reach 2.7 billion euros provide 226 units of the Copenhagen metro, the so-called S-Bane. Together with the Guipuzcoan company Alstom and the consortium Siemens Mobility Stadler submitted the other two accepted offers. The state company will award the contract in the first quarter of 2025.

The Danish operator will negotiate with every company in the region in the coming months Competitive dialogue to improve each suggestion individually. This is how the winner is determined in a Maximum price of 20 billion crowns The exchange rate set by the Ministry of Transport is around 2,682 million euros.

The contract, which includes: Maintenance for 30 years would leave the door open for the manufacture of 100 additional units for trains to run on the Circular Line in a test phase (Ring line) in 2028 and the following year and to provide public services.

The most important innovation of this treaty is this The devices are prepared for automatic circulation They therefore aim, as they assure the DSB, “to make it work like a subway, with more trains per hour than those that currently run.”

The route is at its maximum in terms of user capacity, which is why the Ministry of Transport and the DSB itself are proposing new solutions that are revolutionary in some extremes.

This revolution has deep roots and a basic document, the Infrastructure Plan 2035. “The current S-Bane has reached its maximum capacity at peak times and we have to replace the current generation of trains in 15 years at the latest,” said the director of the DSB Railway Strategy and Material, Jürgen Müller in May, when it was announced that the Danish government under Mette Frederiksen (Social Democrat, in a coalition with conservatives and moderates) had given the green light to the plan.

The objectives of the document include a very ambitious goal, such as: Transition from a traditional urban rail network to a fully automated transport network, although the units will have cabs for drivers. The DSB is already preparing the rail infrastructure for this, as Müller acknowledges: “This tender is the starting signal for the S-Bahn of the future.”

The aim is for the more than 170 kilometers of the Copenhagen subway, which runs through underground and above-ground sections, to reach automation level 4 (GoA4) by 2037.

Order book

The award of this contract would increase the already highest order backlog with a volume of 13,337 million euros in the first half of this year, which is 1% above the value for the same period last year. In presenting the results, CAF emphasized the quality of the contracts concluded recently, as they are carried out in strategic countries for the Guipuzcoan Group and are signed on many occasions with returning customers.

In the first six months of the year, the CAF Group received orders worth 1,964 million euros, including the contract with Renfe for 500 million euros, the delivery of 29 trains of four cars each for the Cercanías line and an extension of the contract for the supply of units for Media Distancia, as well as the agreement of the maintenance of 17 electric trains that will operate on this line for 15 years.

Another important agreement was reached in France because this is the first delivery of trains from the Coradia Polyvalent platform after the takeover of the Reichshoffen plant from Alstom. The contract covers the delivery of 18 regional trains, 11 of which are destined for New Aquitaine and the remaining seven for New Aquitaine Senegal. Another relevant aspect of this pact is that it is concluded with one of the countries that CAF considers strategic besides Germany.

CAF concludes new contracts for 18 regional trains for the French Reichshoffen plant

The Budapest public transport operator in Hungary has commissioned the railway manufacturer Beasain to order 31 trams. A contract that is also characterized by the fact that the customer has already worked with CAF before and has trusted this company again for a new project. He Great Britain This is also true as Docklands decided in the first half of the year to extend the contract to acquire 11 new units, each with five cars, for around 90 million euros.

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The agreement was reached in July Italy CAF undertook to deliver metro units to Naples and tram units to Palermo and Solaris to deliver electric buses to Cagliari for a total amount of 150 million euros. In the same month in the Basque Country has given CAF approval to order five electric units for the new Line 5 of the Bilbao Metro for around 60 million euros.

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