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October 19, 2014

Siemens plans to bid for passenger rail projects in Mexico

Siemens is reportedly planning to bid on a range of upcoming railway projects in Mexico, despite missing the recent tender for a high-speed passenger train project in the country.

By Samseer M

Siemens is reportedly planning to bid on a range of upcoming railway projects in Mexico, despite missing the recent tender for a high-speed passenger train project in the country.

According to Siemens Mexico infrastructure and cities executive vice-president Markus Mildner, one of the projects could be a passenger train linking Mexico City and Toluca.

In 2013, the Mexican Government announced its plans to tender three train projects worth a combined $7.18bn, including the Mexico City-Queretaro line.

"The disappointment is the time that was given for the tender."

The company had opted out of the tender for the Mexico City-Queretaro high-speed passenger rail project, which received only one bid from a Chinese consortium.

Mildner was quoted by Reuters as saying: "The disappointment is the time that was given for the tender.

"There are a lot more projects coming. We will keep on bidding."

According to media reports, leading train manufacturers, including Bombardier and Siemens had shown interest in the project earlier, but didn’t submit proposals.

However, Mexico’s Transport and Communications Ministry has not yet confirmed the Chinese consortium as the preferred bidder for the project. The announcement is expected in November this year.

The officials said that the tender process may start again if the venture doesn’t satisfy the requirements.

The 210km-long high-speed line that connects Mexico City and Queretaro industrial hubs will be able to run up to 300km/h and expected to serve 23,000 passengers on daily basis.

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