The Public Procurement Appeal Board of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine on April 8, 2021 rejected the complaint that blocked the procurement procedure for passenger cars of JSC Ukrzaliznytsia, announced by the company back on February 25 this year.
According to the press service of the railway company, this is an important decision that restores the tender process for the purchase of 100 passenger cars as part of the implementation of the relevant program of the State Budget of Ukraine for 2021. The decision must be published within three business days.
Ukrzaliznytsia said that "a little-known Terminal-West company in the form of an LLC with an authorized capital of 10 thousand hryvnias has appealed and blocked the procurement procedure, which is critical for the infrastructure of Ukraine." The complainant identified himself as "an official distributor of the Polish PESA Bydgoszcz SA".
Ukrzaliznytsia, which has been cooperating directly with the Polish manufacturer for more than 10 years, received official confirmation from partners that the complainant has nothing to do with them and does not represent their products.
According to the railway workers, the procedure for filing complaints established by law was also violated, and on the merits of the complaint, Ukrzaliznytsia provided exhaustive explanations and objections.
At the end of last year, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for the first time in the years of independence decided to provide funds in the state budget for the renewal of the passenger car fleet in the amount of 4 billion hryvnia. The commercial offer has already been received by the Kryukovsky Carriage Works, the Kharkov Carriage Works, the Siemens and Pesa companies, and the Belarusian car builders.
In total, four lots have been announced for four types of wagons:
- 51 passenger compartment sleeping car (UAH 1.5 billion);
- 12 compartment sleeping cars of the SV type (UAH 349 million);
- 20 compartment sleeping cars equipped for transporting people with disabilities on a wheelchair (UAH 633.7 million);
- 17 compartment sleeping cars equipped for the transport of people with disabilities and with a compartment of the head of the train (UAH 551.3 million).
The next stage of the procurement will be the disclosure of tenders. Depending on the results of this stage, Ukrzaliznytsia will be able to move on to the next steps to implement the "super important" program for the renewal of passenger rolling stock.