Moscow gears up for $6.45bn Metro contract

It was announced on Tuesday May 21 that the Moscow transportation department is planning to collect bids for a 200bn Rouble ($6.45bn) metro car contract. The tender – which will be for 2,500-3,500 metro cars – will be held in August, and the cars to arrive between 2015 and 2020, the statement read. The move suggests a shift towards European style private-public partnerships for the Russian capital.

The winning tender will claim a 30-year contract, including provision of the cars and subsequent supply of maintenance services. Regular payments for maintenance and rolling stock will be made by the Russian government over the contracts lifespan, but all responsibility for financing and project management lays with the investor.

All previous metro equipment has been supplied by Russian firm Transmashholding, and maintenance carried out by the metro itself. Transmashholding representative Artem Ledenev stated that the lack of necessity to pay for rolling stock up front provides an interesting situation for customers.

Ledenev stated: “The project is interesting to us since we already supply train cars for the metro and we will participate in the tender.” He stressed that the contract could interest all major metro firms – including Alstom, Bombardier, Hitachi, CAF, Uralvagonzavod, Sinara, Skoda, CNR, CSR, Hyundai and Transmashholding. He added, “this is a large contract and the interest in it is very high.”

It is in the supplier’s interest to establish a lengthy contract for further train servicing – the cost of which for the entire cycle will also reach roughly $6.45bn. Deputy Mayor Maxim Liksutov stated: “This new approach will improve the quality of metro train maintenance while saving from 15 to 20 percent of the annual budget.”

The news comes following Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s claims that all old metro cars were to be replaced by 2020. A total of 4,800 trains currently run on the Moscow Metro, with the goal to replace them all, beginning with those serviced at the Novogireevo metro depot.

Richard Greenan