Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 30 June – A Chinese consortium led by China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation has been awarded the contract to supply 30 trains with four carriages each to Supervia, a rail transport company in Rio de Janeiro.
According to the state Secretary for Transport of Rio de Janeiro, the Chinese consortium put forward a proposal of US$165 million to supply the trains, which was the lowest price out of the four proposals put forward in the tender, which included another Chinese group, a Korean group and a French group.
As the state of Rio de Janeiro had anticipated a value of US$175.6 million for the acquisition of the trains, the difference will be used to acquire more carriages and for other programmes to improve the transport sector.
The new trains will have the capacity to transport up to 1,200 passengers, will be equipped with air conditioning and the engine system is cheaper to run as it uses 60 percent less energy than the current trains in circulation, according to the state Secretary for Transport of Rio de Janeiro.
The acquisition will be carried out using resources from the second phase of the State Transport Programmes, which involves funding US$211.7 million from the World Bank and US$9.2 million from the State government. (macauhub)