Moscow Metro awarded Metrovagonmash a RUB 133 billion (EUR 2.2 bn) tender for the supply of 768 metro cars and for servicing them over a 30-year period. The cars will enter service on Tagansko-Krasnpresnenskaya line (“Purple Line”), Moscow’s busiest subway line. The first units should be delivered in early 2017 and the last in 2019.
Metrovagonmash, part of Transmashholding, was the only bidder. One of the main criteria that discouraged foreign companies to participate in the tender was the localisation of over 70% train production and service in Russia, by 2018. Some of the companies that have previously expressed interest in the competition were Alstom, Bombardier, CAF, Hyundai and Siemens. According to Alexei Kharitonov, deputy chief of Moscow Metro & Head of Contracts, the same localisation criteria will be used in the next tender for 736 metro cars to be launched in 2015.
In February 2014, Moscow Metro awarded Metrovagonmash a similar tender to supply and service 832 metro cars (104 trains).