Tbilisi decided not to terminate the contract for the supply of metro cars with Metrovagonmash
This was announced by the vice-mayor of the Georgian capital, Irakli Khmaladze, writes Railway Supply, citing RollingStock. According to him, the contract with the Russian manufacturer will be amended in agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
“Taking into account the fact that we could not find an alternative supplier of railcars for the price that suits us, and the transition to the next stages of the tender would increase the purchase price by 30-35%, we tried to complete negotiations with an existing supplier in such a way that our interests were maximally insured. We have reached these conditions and agreed on each stage, clause of the agreement with the EBRD.” Earlier, Andrey Vasiliev, Deputy General Director for the Development of Urban Transport at TMH, General Director of Metrovagonmash, noted that the manufacturer is “in a state of confirming a contract with Tbilisi.” According to Khmaladze, payment will follow after the delivery of the wagons.
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TMH has won the tender for the supply of 11 4-car metro trains for Tbilisi at the end of 2021. The contract value was declared at the level of €49.2 million, the delivery is financed by the EBRD. In November 2022, the Tbilisi authorities announced plans to abandon the purchase of Russian metro trains and hold the competition again.
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