Egypt: Locomotive Renewal Programme – Support for the establishment of an ENR railway freight company

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Страна: Египет
Язык: EN
Номер: 3490697
Дата публикации: 01-08-2017
Источник: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Тэги: engineering structures Freight transport agency services Passenger transport services Transport

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Procurement ref:

70100

Country:

Egypt

Business sector:

Transport

Project number:

48309

Funding source:

EBRD Shareholder Special Fund

Contract type:

Consultancy Services

Notice type:

Invitation for expressions of interest (CSU)

Issue date:

31 Jul 2017

Closing date:

17 Sep 2017 at 14:00 Cairo

Executing Agency (Client):
Egyptian National Railways

The Client Contact Person:
Mr. Ashraf El Sebaei
Marketing and Sales Director - Freight Sector
Postal Address: Railways Compound, fifth floor, above Shubra Tunnel, Ramsis square, Cairo, Egypt
Tel: +202 25790284; +2 01224005922
Fax: +202 - 25790284
e-mail: ashraf_elsbaei@yahoo.com

Alternative contact:
Mr. Mostafa Shahin
General Manager of the Project Management Unit
Tel: +202 25774291; +2 01118213043
Fax: +202 25771604
e-mail: mshahin1962@yahoo.com

The EBRD Contact Person:
Paula Alegria
Principal, Deputy Head TC Operations, Technical Co-operation
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
One Exchange Square
London EC2A 2JN
e-mail: alegriap@ebrd.com

Project Description:
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the "Bank" or "EBRD") is considering a loan of up to EUR 290 million to the Republic of Egypt, to be on-lent to Egyptian National Railways ("ENR" or the "Client") for the purchase of up to 100 new locomotives under a Supply and Maintain contract (the "Project").

It is expected that the Project will comprise the following elements:
• Acquisition of up to 100 new locomotives to operate on the passenger long distance routes;
• Provision of maintenance under a long-term maintenance contract to be signed between ENR and the supplier of the locomotives with substantial transfer of availability risk to the locomotive supplier.

The Government of Egypt has decided it wishes to create a separate railway freight company ("Freightco") as a wholly-owned subsidiary of ENR.

ENR is already divided into three main business segments – long-distance passenger, short-distance passenger and freight, as well as seven support segments infrastructure, maintenance, shared service (station staff and train control) and Safety, HR, Finance and Engineering Projects and Development. Each of these sectors has its own management and, in the case of the three transport businesses, their own rolling stock and locomotive fleets. However, the locomotives currently are maintained and operated by one of the support groups from shared depots.

The freight business currently handles 4-5 million tonnes of traffic annually, with an average haul of 309 km, and a total staff of about 2,000. It has a fleet of 217 locomotives, of which about 90 are operational, and 5400 operational wagons. Average revenue is 0.15 EGP/net tonne-km, currently equivalent to 0.83 US c/ntkm.

Assignment Description:
In order to facilitate the creation of Freightco the Client now intends to retain a consulting firm (the "Consultant") to assist ENR in the conversion of the current freight business unit into a separate subsidiary company of ENR (the "Assignment").

Freightco will operate with managerial independence and with commercial relationships with the remainder of ENR (principally regarding the use of infrastructure). This will involve, beside the necessary track access regime and charging structure, establishing any legislative steps necessary to create Freightco, an appropriate governance structure for the company and its relations with the parent ENR, an organisational structure, asset transfer and valuation, financial and operational relationships with the remainder of ENR, a business strategy and a short-term business plan.

Tasks under the Assignment will be delivered in two Phases and include the following:
• Phase 1 will establish the track access regime and charges, the legal framework, governance structure and organisation structure and develop an outline business strategy, including identification of the areas in which Freightco and ENR will require formal agreements. The strategy should include an assessment of the financial strength of Freightco and measures that may need to be taken to support it in the short and medium-term.
• Phase 2 will assist ENR in the actual establishment of Freightco. This will include assistance in drafting articles of association and any legislative/regulatory changes required. It will also include assistance in developing formal relationships as required between Freightco and the remainder of ENR, as well as assistance in further developing its business strategy and preparing an initial 3-year business plan.

Progress to Phase 2 shall be conditional to prior Client approval and EBRD no-objection.

Additional information on the scope of services required is available from the attached Terms of Reference ("ToR"): http://www.ebrd.com/documents/procurement/70100-tor.pdf

Status of Selection Process:
Interested firms or group of firms are hereby invited to submit expressions of interest.

Assignment Start Date and Duration:
The Assignment is expected to start in Q4 2017 and has an estimated overall duration of 24 months.

Maximum Budget available for the Assignment:
EUR 945,000.00 (exclusive of VAT).
The Consultant must determine whether any indirect taxes/VAT are chargeable on the proposed services and state the basis for such. If any indirect taxes/VAT are payable, the Client will have to pay indirect taxes/VAT element to the services directly to the Consultant unless otherwise agreed.

Funding Source:
It is anticipated that the contract will be financed by the EBRD Shareholder Special Fund. Selection and contracting is subject to the availability of funding.

Eligibility:
There are no eligibility restrictions.

Consultant Profile:
Corporate services are required. The Consultant will be a firm, or consortium of firms, with significant previous experience in advising companies, preferably operating in the railway sector, on the creation of separate independent subsidiaries.

The Consultant"s expert team is expected to include at least the following key experts:

(i) A Project Manager with preferably the following:
• 15 years or more of experience in the railway industry, with at least 5 years direct involvement in the freight sector.
• Experience in railway restructuring.
• Experience in developing rail strategic and business plans.
• Excellent written and spoken English; working knowledge of Arabic will be considered an advantage.
• Previous experience in comparable projects in the region would be an advantage.

(ii) A Legal and Institutional Expert with preferably the following:
• 10 years or more of experience in drafting company legislation.
• Experience in analyzing and recommending public-sector company governance structures.
• Excellent written and spoken English; working knowledge of Arabic will be considered an advantage.
• Previous experience in comparable projects in the region would be an advantage.

(iii) An Operations Expert with preferably the following:
• 15 years or more in the management of rail freight operations.
• Experience in negotiating track access agreements and other inter-company contracts in the rail sector (loco cross-hire, specialized maintenance such as wheel-lathes, etc).
• Excellent written and spoken English; working knowledge of Arabic will be considered an advantage.
• Previous experience in comparable projects in the region would be an advantage.

(iv) A Financial and Costing Expert with preferably the following:
• 10 years or more of experience in traffic costing and rail business planning, including experience of asset valuation.
• Excellent written and spoken English; working knowledge of Arabic will be considered an advantage.
• Previous experience in comparable projects in the region would be an advantage.

Non-Key Experts are expected to include support staff such as translators, office managers, etc.

Submission Requirements:
In order to determine the capability and experience of Consultants to be shortlisted, the information submitted should include the following:

(a) brief overview of the firm/group of firms including company profile, organisation and staffing;

(b) details of previous project experience of firm or group of firms and related assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contract value, contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, percentage carried out by consultant in case of association of firms or subcontracting, main activities, objectives;

(c) CVs of key experts who could carry out the Assignment detailing qualifications, experience in similar assignments, particularly assignments undertaken in the previous five years, including information on contracting entity/client, project location/country, duration (mm/yy to mm/yy), expert months provided, assignment budget, main activities, objectives.

(d) Completed Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet, the template for which is available from the following web-link:
http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/procurement/notices/csu/contact_sheet.doc

The expression of interest shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding CVs and contact sheet).

The complete expression of interest (including CVs, Consultant Declaration and Contact Sheet) should be submitted, in English via email (pdf) to the Client"s contact person, to reach the Client not later than the closing date. One additional copy (in English only) shall reach the Bank"s contact person by the same due date. The expression of interest shall be one file (pdf). The Client reserves the right to reject applications of firms submitting more than one file. Only if any limitation on the permissible file size is exceeded, the Consultant may split the expression of interest into further files.

Important Notes:
1. Following this invitation for expressions of interest, a shortlist of qualified firms will be formally invited to submit proposals. Consultant selection and contracting will be subject to availability of funding.

2. Expressions of interested will be evaluated against the following shortlist criteria and weightings:

a) Firm"s previous experience in advising companies, preferably operating in the railway sector, on the creation of separate independent subsidiaries; 50%
b) Skills, qualifications and experience of the team of proposed Key Experts. 50%

3. Written Questions and Clarifications: Applicants may submit the questions concerning this procurement notice in writing only via email to the Bank"s contact person listed above. The deadline for receipt of requests for clarifications is 3 September 2017 at 14:00 hrs (Cairo time). No questions will be accepted after this date.