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Hel na Talasagamdæsnen

From the Office of the Transportation Minister

This is an official notice that the Transport Ministry of the Rihan Republic hereby issues tender for interested parties who are interested in providing the Ministry with design and technical assistance for the to-be-constructed Dartha to Peldred High-Speed Railway. The budget allotted for the entirety of the project, including construction, amounts to 9.5 billion Chaks. The total amount designated to the initial design and technical specifications is not to exceed 212 million Chaks. The Contractor (or consortium) selected by the Ministry will have a contract lifespan of 2 years beginning on the date indicated as Notice to Proceed (also known as NTP).

The goals the Ministry wants this entity to fulfill are the following:

  • Work with Ministry staff to develop the business case for the Railway.
  • Collaborate with staff on route feasibility.
  • Partner with Surveying personnel to determine the best routing based on geographic constraints and sound financial cost.
  • Recommend potential rolling stock for use on the eventual line.
  • Work in tandem with Ministry staff on modeling line utilization, traffic, and scheduling feasibility.
  • Work with Environment Ministry (Stekidæsnen) staff on impacts to the environment along the preferred corridor.
  • Develop approximate cost estimates for Railway construction from beginning to substantial completion.

The Senate has mandated that the Railway must be in full operation no later than Ailat (November) 2025. 

Design-Build efforts may be considered by the Ministry at the sole discretion of the Transportation Minister (Talasagamdæsnen) based upon the information provided to the Ministry over the lifespan of the Contract.

All interested entities must provide its documentation no later than 6 Ailat  (November), 2018.

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The Derthaler Foreign Minister's communique to the Praetor concerning their potential involvement on the High-Speed Railway project. Miral Avelik, his advisor, forwarded it onto the Transportation Ministry, and from there, landed on the desk of Chief Engineer Tumel.

His desk was cluttered with papers and charts when Elvia handed it to him. He thanked her and proceeded to read it. He was surprised that it was given to him seeing as it was addressed to the Praetor but then he saw a security clearance authorization attached to it and then proceeded to read it. Several minutes later, he picked up his pen and some Ministry letterhead and proceeded to respond to the Minister.

 

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Hel na Talasagamdæsnen

From the Office of the Transportation Minister

Foreign Minister Utikar,

The Praetorate forwarded me your latest communique and has given me the authorization to respond to you directly concerning our railway project. Perhaps you were partially misled by some of the goals we are seeking to have our eventual contractor achieve. We at the Ministry firmly believe in the principles of why one builds a railway but such modes are uncommon in Rihan and are typically seen as a tool simply for moving goods and not people. It has taken the staff of this Ministry over a decade to secure the financing from the Senate and we know that they are skeptical about its success.

About the business case, we want the Contractor to work with us to develop the underlying rationales beyond the known information and benefits and help tailor an effective message to not only ensure the project's ultimate completion but also to change the minds of the people, so that they know their valuable Chaks are being invested in a project, and hopefully, numerously similar efforts over the decade to come will improve everyone's lives. What I will say at the moment is that although the Senate unanimously approved the financing, many did it for purely political reasons to mitigate responses from the lower classes. But that is Rihannsu politics for you. If we, with our Contractor, can seriously provide the Senate with the reasoning that their finances will bring back true economic growth in the future, then it would be a remarkable achievement for all concerned.

On the level of collaboration, we do not expect both teams to instantly trust each other - and this would be no different if we had Limonaian or Fulgistani or Orinese partners, let alone yourselves. Our eventual Contractor will be working with the best personnel the Ministry has at its disposal. You do bring up a good point about arbitration - I will be serving at the effective Project Administrator alongside my second-in-command Reteth, and the two of us will be ensuring both teams work as required and to address concerns between the involved parties and others over the course of the entire project.

The rolling stock component of the project is merely conceptual at the moment but 1.5 billion Chaks. We would be assembling all rolling stock domestically through a manufacturer, Talat, who is responsible for the production of all of Rihan's transport vehicles: commuter trains, buses, and river buses; regardless of whoever ultimately is awarded the construction component of the program. All of the current railways in the Republic operate on the standard gauge but we are willing to consider a broader width for the high-speed rail network if the benefits outweigh the costs.

As our official notification stated, we will be deciding on a partner after all interested parties state their intention.

Best,
Miro Tumel
Chief Engineer

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Kaishū Tetsudō or Kipan State Railways is interested in becoming the consulting partner in bringing the very first high-speed railway to the Rihan Republic. We have been operating a safe, reliable, and modern high-speed network for the last 50 years. We currently operate 7 such routes connecting the seven largest cities across the entire Kipanese Island chain. Prior to the end of the Thalassian War, KSA operated virtually all rail operations but since then, we primarily operate the Miyako Rapid Transit System in close collaboration with the Metropolitan Corporation as well as the core high-speed network. We will be honest and state that we only convey 40% of the total ridership directly under our services while the majority are carried by private operators like Renzu or Samura. They have only begun to compete with us for the high-speed market. Attached to our statement include our requisite documentation. We look forward to being your close partner in this important undertaking.

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From the Office of the Transportation Minister

This is an official notice to remind all prospective applicants for the open Technical/Design Consulting tender that interest must be conveyed to the Ministry by the close of business on 6 Aliat (November). At that time, the Project Administration will go through the submitted entries and select the entity who will partner with this Ministry on designing the High-Speed Railway. Any outstanding questions, please submit them to Chief Engineer, Miro Tumel.

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Jochi Heavy Industries
"What Jochi Makes, The World Takes"

Honored Deihur,

It is the great pleasure of Jochi Heavy Industries to offer tender on the Dartha-Peldred High-Speed Railway project. JHI is the primary producer of railway equipment and other heavy machinery for the Worker's Republic of Fulgistan, created from several regional manufacturing consortiums in 1964. Since its founding, Jochi has overseen, among many projects, the construction of Ismail Tunyaz International Airport, the revolutionary eco-conscious mining techniques used in the steel mines of the Jintakh area, and, perhaps most relevant, the construction of the Wulumuqi-Bogd Gioro high-speed passenger railway, and its latest in-progress project, the Bogd Gioro-Grootwaterflakte high speed passenger railway, the first international high-speed railway on the continent of Alharu. Jochi has an impeccable record of service in quality, speed and ergonomics; among the relevant qualities of Jochi products and services are:

  • Climate adaptability and reliability. Products of Jochi Heavy Industries have functioned without fail across the world, from the hot and wet savannas and jungles of Fulgistan (much like the rainforests and plains of Rihan) to the frozen, bomb-blasted wastes of the Prymontian Rus during the Revolutionary Guard's efforts to rebuild the war-torn dependency.
  • Streamlining and simplification. Jochi ergonomics specialists are highly skilled in reducing layover time, improving passenger comfort and travel ability, and streamlining the layout of existing stations to accommodate new connections and higher passenger intake.
  • Environmental consciousness. Rihan, like the Worker's Republic, is home to a wide diversity of flora and fauna that form a fundamental part of its national identity. Any Jochi projects within the Rihan Republic would be undertaken with an eye to preserving its natural beauty and wildlife, as they have been in the vast, lightly inhabited tracts of land in Fulgistan.
  • Expense. Jochi products and services, being tailored primarily for the needs of the Worker's Republic, are naturally provided with an eye towards low-cost, high efficiency solutions. Jochi products are very often produced for one-half to one-third of their equivalent in Argic countries, and are, on average, in service for two to three years longer.

We at Jochi Heavy Industries hope that the Transportation Ministry will select our bid for the DPHSR project, based on the above qualifications, and also hope that the Honored Minister enjoys the attached complementary gift of fine Fulgistani Iverican-seed cigars, a token of our mutual hope for this endeavor.

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From the Office of the Transportation Minister

This an official notice to state that the Ministry has gone through the submitted bids to provide design and technical consultation for the Dartha to Peldred High-Speed Railway project. After a thorough review of each entities' credentials and supporting documentation, the Derthaler Engineering Corporation (DEC) in collaboration with fylkirliche Fulgenland Handelsgesellschaft (fFH) have been awarded the contract to assist the Ministry in the ongoing project. May this notice serve as the beforementioned Notice to Proceed, to begin work with the Ministry at the Contractors' earliest convenience. As of now, this contract will terminate 2 years from now.

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Statement from Kaishū Tetsudō

"We appreciate the Transportation Ministry's time in allowing the Kipan State Railways make their case for why we could have been a partner in this transformative project for millions of Rihannsu across the Republic. The Railway, and by extension, the State of Kipan, wish the Republic the best of luck in constructing this line. We confident that this will not be the last time KSR will be interacting with the Republican Government."

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