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Mid-life upgrade - Class 72

Norske Tog has opened a call for tenders to mid-life upgrade and prolong the estimated lifetime for the Class 72 train sets.

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Norske Tog has opened a call for tenders to mid-life upgrade and prolong the estimated lifetime for the Class 72 train sets.

From 2002-2006, the Italian train producer AnsaldoBreda delivered 36 Class 72 trainsets. These train sets, who currently operates as commuter trains on the Eastern Norway and the Jæren Lin, needs a significant mid-life upgrade.

The project’s main goal is to prolong the estimated lifetime, to improve the train quality and safety, and to improve the passenger comfort and travel experience in the remaining lifetime. The mid-life upgrade is of significant importance in order to make the best possible use of the current train fleet. In this way, the Norwegian State, as well as the service operators and passengers, gets as much as possible in return for their investments in the Norwegian Railway. The upgrades will ensure train operations at least until 2032 for the Class 72 train sets.

The mid-life upgrade is very comprehensive and includes improvement and replacement of the floors, inside and outside doors, passenger seats and lightning, mobile signal repeater installation etc.

The projects logistics is complicated, as the train sets need to be taken out of service for the upgrade to be implemented. Therefore, the upgrade needs to be implemented as fast and smooth as possible to maintain the current passenger train service. It presupposes efficiency and control at all stages from the supplier. The selected supplier must be an expertise in logistics, in addition to specialised knowledge and implementation capacity within a number of technical subject areas.

The offers are evaluated on the tender criteria technical solution, price, commercial conditions, and progress and implementation plan.

Schedule

The pre-qualification round is closed, and the offers have been evaluated. Five qualified suppliers have been invited to submit a final offer (in alphabetical order):

  • Alstom Transport AB
  • DB Engineering & Consulting GmbH
  • NedTrain B.V.
  • Patentes Talgo S.L.
  • VR FleetCare Ltd

The tender submission date has been extended until 4 January 2021, due to Covid-19.

Award of contract will take place sometime before July 2021.

Contact person

Ove Knutsen
Ove Knutsen
Contract Manager