PKP Intercity signed a contract with Newag from Nowy Sącz for the purchase of 63 electric multi-system locomotives. Deliveries will be made in 2026-2029. The estimated value of the contract is nearly PLN 2.3 billion gross.
The press release from both companies stated that this is the first such large order in the history of both the carrier and the manufacturer for one series of vehicles.
“For the first time in the history of our company, we are signing a contract to order such a large number of traction vehicles of one series. Thanks to this, we are implementing another point of the adopted rolling stock strategy, which assumes that by 2030 all locomotives in our rolling stock fleet will move at a speed of 160-200 km/h, which will allow us to ensure fast journeys around Poland,” said Tomasz Gontarz, vice-president of PKP Intercity, quoted in the press release.
“It will be the first time in Nowy Sącz that we will fulfill such a large order. We will deliver the first 2 locomotives to the carrier within 24 months from the date of signing the contract, and the entire order must be completed within 60 months from the date of signing the contract,” said Zbigniew Konieczek, president of Newag.
The contract provides for the right of the ordering party to order an additional maximum of 32 locomotives. The ordering party may exercise the option in whole or in part within 30 months from the date of conclusion of the contract. Delivery time for additional vehicles remains the same as in the original order.
Value of the contract between Newag and PKP Intercity
“We are signing a contract for the purchase of 63 multi-system locomotives with an option for another 32. The basic order is PLN 2.3 billion, and if the option is used, the order will be PLN 3.5 billion. This means that we are signing the largest contract in the history of PKP Intercity (if the option is used – ed.),” said Gontarz. He recalled that in the case of trains of the type Pendolino the value of the contract was approximately PLN 2.8 billion.
The new multi-system locomotives will be able to run on railway lines powered by various voltages: 3kV DC, 15kV AC, 25kV AC. The maximum speed of vehicles is to be not less than 200 km/h. The manufacturer must obtain vehicle authorization for operation in six countries, i.e. Poland, GermanyAustria, Czech RepublicSlovakia and on Hungary. All locomotives will be equipped with a level two ETCS system.
Main photo source: Newag