Switzerland's Stadler Bussnang is low bidder at AD 34,327 million ($462 million) for the contract to supply 64 train carriages to be used for suburban transport around the capital, following the opening of commercial bids on 18 March. The client, Societe Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires (SNTF), is expected to make an award soon (MEED 3:2:06).
Stadler's bid is about 6 per cent cheaper than the second best offer of AD 36,365 million ($489 million) submitted by Canada's Bombardier. France's Alstom is ranked third on price at AD 40,580 million ($546 million). Spain's Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles is the only other bidder.
The electric trains will be used on three primarily suburban passenger routes in and around the capital.
A team of Alstom with the locally-based Infrarail and Baticim is completing the electrification of the three suburban lines, which have a total length of 300 kilometres. Deutsche Eisenbahn Consulting (DE-Consult), a subsidiary of German rail company Deutsche Bahn, is the consultant on Algeria's suburban transport programme (MEED 28:10:05).
Commercial bids are due to be opened at the end of April by SNTF for a major electrification contract covering the east-west line. Four groups of international contractors submitted last November technical bids for the estimated $200 million contract, which covers Annaba-Borj Bou Arreridj, Khemis Miliana-Oran, Ramdane Djamel-Skikda and Beni Mancour-Bejaia.
The bidders are: the German office of Balfour Beatty Rail, with Alcatel, Cegelec and Razel, all of France; Elecnor, with the local SEMI and Spain's Cobra; Alstom, with Alstom Algerie, INEO-SCLE Ferroviaire of France and Egypt's Orascom Construction Industries; JSC Russian Railways; and Germany's Siemens, with Siemens Algerie, Rail Electr of Spain and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).