The State Railway of Thailand will spend 6.5 billion baht to buy 50 locomotives to replace its ancient trains.
SRT Gov. Nirut Maneephan on Monday the purchase contract with the SFR consortium for diesel-electric locomotives with a maximal axle load of 16 tons plus spare parts.
The SFR consortium consists of Sanfoco International Co. and River Engineering Co. It won the bidding by quoting the lowest price of 6.259 billion baht, a half-percent less than the median price.
The consortium was contracted to deliver 20 locomotives in 540 days and 30 other ones in 915 days after the contract signing.
“It is the biggest procurement of locomotives by the State Railway of Thailand,” Nirut said. “They will replace old diesel locomotives that have been in use for 30-50 years. They also will be operated on double-track railways and new tracks to improve train services and punctuality.
“These days, locomotives often break down and are not enough,” he continued. “We do not want to deploy the locomotives that are not of their complete conditions because that would waste people’s time.”
According to Nirut, the SRT plans to procure a total of 184 locomotives.
It was reported that the bidding contest for the supply of 50 new locomotives had started in 2011 and its process had been delayed for nine years.
Sanfoco won another contract in 2013 to supply 20 diesel-electric locomotives worth 3.3 billion baht.