Adif (the Spanish state-owned railway infrastructure manager) awarded to Ouigo (formerly Rielsfera) an Open Access operation for 4-5 trains per day in each direction between Madrid and Barcelona starting in December 2020. Ouigo procured 14 TGV train sets from parent SNCF to fulfil its operations and contracted Alstom to provide maintenance with access made available at Renfe depot facilities.
Ouigo retained IPEX to provide expert commercial and technical advice reviewing the 10-year maintenance contract with Alstom the and arrangements to secure performance and efficiency commitments, including a 10-year extension option.
Our role in maintenance contract support consisted of analysing 14 areas of the draft contract, providing assessments, comparing with best practice, especially in UK, presented in a report with conclusions and recommendations. The report provided Ouigo with the crucial information used to validate its negotiations with Alstom and demonstrate corporate governance to its parent, SNCF, benchmarking against existing maintenance contracting methodologies.
IPEX’s scope and achievements included: