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Iraq seeks bids for passenger trains purchase

Khalid Al-Ansari reports for Bloomberg:

Iraq wants to buy 10 passenger trains and has asked companies including France’s Alstom SA (ALO) to submit bids, according to the country’s railway company.

Chinese businesses including Datong Electric Locomotive Co. have been invited to submit bids, as have manufacturers in Turkey, Iran and Croatia, Jawad al-Kharsan, a spokesman for the national railway, said in an interview in Baghdad today. The winning company will have to supply two trains this year and the remaining eight by 2013, he said.

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