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Canadian Court recognises Alstom

02/26/2008 AT 09:53

On 28 June 2006, Alstom filed a lawsuit with the Quebec Superior Court to contest the approach taken by the Quebec Government in the project to renew Montreal's metro fleet.

The Quebec Government had announced on 11 May 2006 that it had requested the Société de Transport de Montreal (STM), Montreal's metro operator, to enter into exclusive negotiations, without competitive bids, with the Canadian manufacturer, Bombardier, to replace 336 rubber-tyred metro cars. The value of this contract was estimated at Canadian $1,2 billion (€816 million).

This decision was based on the assertion that Bombardier was the “only metro car manufacturer in Canada”. Alstom therefore decided to contest this decision by demonstrating that it was capable of supplying the requested equipment.

On this occasion, Alstom had recalled its attachment to the principle of an open market and free competition, by underlining that it was not acceptable for a manufacturer to participate in all European bids while benefiting from protection in its own domestic market.

Extended contract with Amtrak

Amtrak, the United StatesThis extension is awarded after only 11 months of operation of the original 5 year contract, which shows the confidence of the customer within Alstom.

Entry into service of the Tunis tram

On Monday, 17 September, the first trams were put into service on the Tunis “light metro” network.

Visit of a Chilean delegation on 17 July

The municipality of Vitacura, located in Gran Santiago in Chile, is set to acquire its own tramway.

Alstom to supply 360 subway cars

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors voted today to award an €810 million ($1.12 billion) option for 620 new heavy rail subway cars to Alstom and Kawasaki. Alstom will supply 360 cars for about €500 million.

A high speed line in Argentina

Alstom and its Argentinian and European partners (IECSA, EMEPA and ISOLUX), confirmed on 27 March that they have submitted a bid to the Argentinian authorities for the Buenos Aires-Rosario-Cordoba high speed turnkey project. This bid has the financial support of the French bank, Société Générale.

Alstom delivers the first two trams for Tunis

On 14 March, Alstom delivered the first two Citadis trams for line 1 of the Tunis network to Mr. Chedly Hajri, CEO of Transtu, operator of the Tunis tram network. Mr. Abderrahim Zouari, Tunisia's Minister of Transport, took part in the event.

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