Largest Ever Refurbishment Contract in Norway
Bombardier Transportation has been commissioned by the Norwegian State Railway (NSB) to refurbish 56 Class 5 coaches. This contract, valued at approximately 64 million euros ($91 million US), is a demonstration of the trust that major railway operators place in Bombardier’s refurbishment capabilities. As part of the scope of work, exteriors will be repainted and windows and external doors replaced. All existing bogies will be replaced by Bombardier’s BT5000 bogies.
Customer comfort is the main priority in a complete redesign of the interior, with - new HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning), a modern Passenger Information System, new lighting and seats, a brand new bistro coach, as well as a family coach with a play area for children. The contract includes an option provisioning for refurbishment of a further 18 coaches.
The Class 5-vehicles were originally built in Bombardier’s Strømmen site (Norway) between 1977 and 1981. The refurbishment will be carried out at the Bombardier sites in Strømmen (Norway) and Dunakeszi (Hungary), starting in November 2008, with first deliveries scheduled for January 2009 and the last vehicle returning to service in June 2010.
Bombardier has been selected by NSB for its combination of intimate knowledge of the vehicle’s original design together with superior execution and competitive prices for a quality service.
Laurent Troger, Vice President, Continental Europe, Bombardier Transportation, Services, commented: “For Bombardier, this contract represents its largest ever refurbishment project in Norway. It underlines Bombardier’s regional leadership position and we are looking forward to developing our relationship further.”
Tor-Arne Stenhaug, Chief Country Representative Bombardier Norway, said: “This contract is a fine example of Bombardier’s commitment to the local market. We have worked together with NSB on refurbishment contracts in the past, but never before on this scale.”
About Bombardier Transportation
Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
NSB AS is one of Norway's most important transport companies, with traditions going back to the opening of the first railway in Norway in 1854. The NSB Group's main activities comprise passenger traffic on trains and buses and rail freight traffic. The Group consists of a number of wholly owned and partly owned subsidiaries. Nettbuss AS and ROM Eiendomsutvikling AS are two of the wholly owned companies. NSB owns 55 per cent of CargoNet AS, a freight company in which Swedish GreenCargo AB is the other shareholder. NSB BA was converted into a private limited company (AS) on 1 July 2002. It was originally established by special legislation on 1 December 1996, when the administrative body - the Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) - was spun off from the former NSB. NSB AS is owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications.
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