Superior Court recognises Alstom's right to bid for the Montreal metro replacement contract

    MONTREAL, Jan. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - On 9 January 2008, the Quebec Superior
Court gave a ruling which establishes the validity of Alstom's request to have
the right to participate in an invitation to tender for the replacement of
Montreal's fleet of metro cars.
    Alstom takes note of the Court decision which enables the company to
participate in a regular bid process.
    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-tire metro cars. The value of
this contract was estimated at Canadian $1,2 billion.
    Mr. Pierre Gauthier, President of Alstom Canada Inc., mentioned, "what we
were looking for was a simple public tender. No more, no less. We are
satisfied with the court decision for the Montreal metro users and especially
for the Quebec tax payers because they will receive a guarantee for the best
product at the best price according to the rules of public tendering where the
stake represents an amount estimated at $1,2 billion dollars." He concluded in
saying "once the STM produces its specifications, Alstom Canada will submit a
competitive offer that will permit Quebec to benefit from more than
satisfactory economic spin-offs."


    Alstom sets the benchmark for innovative, environmentally friendly
technologies in the world of power and rail transport infrastructure. Alstom
built the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world,
and provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services
for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, gas and coal. The Group
employs 65,000 people in 70 countries, and had sales of 19 billion euros in

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