Bombardier Transportation today announced that it has been selected by RENFE, Spanish National Railways, to supply 100 TRAXX F140 DC locomotives, after a call for tenders launched in 2005. Contract signing is expected to take place in the near future. Delivery of the first locomotives is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2008 and continue until 2010. The contract as announced by RENFE is estimated at 419 million euros and also includes a 14-year maintenance service agreement for this fleet of locomotives. RENFE announced its decision at the conclusion of its Board meeting on 07 November 2006, convened to review the opinion of its contract committee.
In accordance with the contractual agreements, a portion of the vehicles, renowned for their superior reliability, will be manufactured by Bombardier at RENFE’s site in Villaverde, near Madrid. Propulsion systems will also be manufactured by Bombardier in Spain at its Trapaga facility, Biscay.
The TRAXX F140 DC locomotives are designed for freight transportation in 3 kV DC networks at maximum traveling speeds of 140 km/h, offering lowest cost traction for seamless operations. The F140 DC version is a member of the TRAXX family of locomotives. The locomotives are equipped with Bombardier’s well-proven MITRAC propulsion and control technology.
The strategy applied to all locomotives in the TRAXX family, which consists of using a number of identical parts, is very advantageous for the customer. This makes the integration of new trains into existing fleets easily possible and keeps the costs of operation and maintenance low. In addition, the TRAXX locomotives are known for their high level of availability and serviceability over their entire life cycle. So far, almost 1000 TRAXX locomotives based on the 185 Series have been ordered with more than 600 of them already in daily operation transporting goods and passengers throughout Europe.
Commenting on the announcement, André Navarri, President of Bombardier Transportation, said: "We are delighted to have been selected to support the ambitious development plans of RENFE and we are sure that our new locomotives will contribute to optimizing RENFE’s freight operations. From the high-speed rail segment to the mass transit and signaling markets we are, everyday, present in more and more projects in Spain. This order is a further demonstration of the confidence that rail operators worldwide have in Bombardier products.”
“The promise we gave our customers when we set out to develop the TRAXX platform has long since become a reality,” said Edmund Schlummer, President, Bombardier Transportation Locomotives. “Our TRAXX locomotives are winning over Europe country by country.”
José Caparrós, Chief Country Representative, Spain, Bombardier Transportation, commented: “This success confirms the strong role that Bombardier is currently playing in the development of Spain’s rail system. It is also a source of pride for the national railway industry as our offer adds high value to the country’s economy and technological progress.”
Today, Bombardier Transportation is a key player in Spain’s rail industry, employing more than 500 people at its sites in Trápaga, Alcobendas, Madrid and Barcelona, and participating in some of the country’s main rail projects. The AVE S 102 very high-speed train, the AVE S130 high-speed train and the Madrid Barajas airport people mover are three such projects.
The Bombardier Transportation Group has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of approximately 97,000 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, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2006 were $14.7 billion US and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.
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