Spain's Renfe to remove contract clause favouring domestic manufacturers

Tue May 24, 2016 8:04am EDT
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MADRID May 24 (Reuters) - Spanish state-owned train operator Renfe will remove a clause in a contract for 30 high speed trains which favours manufacturers operating in Spain following a court ruling against the clause, the public works ministry said on Tuesday.

The auction for the contract, worth up to 2.64 billion euros ($2.95 billion), will have to be restarted after the court ruling on Friday.

"Renfe will remove this point and give a new time frame for the presentation of offers," junior transport minister Julio Gomez-Pomar told journalists.

Renfe officials will meet on Thursday to rewrite the contract and set the new date, a source at the operator said.

Canadian train maker Bombardier appealed against the clause in April, saying it discriminated against non-Spanish manufacturers.

Other finalists included Germany's Siemens, France's Alstom as well as Spain's CAF and Talgo.

($1 = 0.8950 euros) (Reporting by Robert Hetz; Writing by Paul Day; Editing by Mark Potter)