Globes: Chinese accuse Israel Railways of rigged locomotive tender

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According to exclusive report by Israeli business newspaper Globes, Chinese railway company CNR lobs massive charge against Israel after last week announced its losing $262 million tender for electric locomotive engines to Bombardier.

Correspondent Hedy Cohen adds the CNR has protested a decision to award a tender for locomotives to Bombardier in a letter sent Sunday to Israel Railways.

CNR claimed the results of the tender were set and damage the “public’s interest” and demanded Israel Railways avoided completing the tender until CNR could examine the materials and “exhaust its procedural rights.”

Only week ago Israel Railways announced that Canadian transportation Bombardier won a tender for the purchase of electric locomotives engines. The total cost of the infrastructure overhaul is estimated at $3.6 billion, while the current tender, for 62 electric engine cars with an option for 32 more, is believed to be worth $262 million.

Although four companies bid on the tender, at the end there were three giant corporations left, after the two Chinese firms CNR and CSR, merged.

according to Globes, CNR claim that the tender process was tailor-made to suit Bombardier. The company cited several charges, including that firms which produced products according to European regulations received higher marks and the team in charge of the electrification project was composed entirely of advisors to Germany’s national rail company, Deutsche Bahn, which is a client of Bombardier.
As Globes reports, Chinese giant CNR demands to receive all documents relating to the tender, including the bids, internal communications from the tender committee, the scores given to the other bidders, information relevant to the scoring of the bids, and all the expert opinions both internal and external presented to the committee.


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