Wiercinski Kwiecinski Baehr has supported Miejskie Przedsiebiorstwo Komunikacyjne w Poznaniu on its agreement with Solaris Bus & Coach to have Solaris manufacture and supply 21 electric-powered low-floor buses and an agreement with Ekoenergetyka-Polska Sp. z o.o. for the installation of charging infrastructure for Poznań’s electric public transport system.
MPK Poznan concluded two separate public procurement contracts worth a total of approximately PLN 86 million in pursuit of the goals of the project: one worth approximately PLN 74 million with Solaris Bus & Coach for the supply of the electric-powered busses, and one worth over PLN 12 million with Ekoenergetyka-Polska for the installation of the charging infrastructure.
According to WKB, "replacing the current fleet of fossil-fuel burning vehicles with zero-emission buses will reduce the burden of air pollution on the entire Poznan metropolitan area. It will also be the first step towards the full implementation of the objectives imposed on MPK Poznan by the Act on Electromobility and Alternative Fuels."
WKB reports that it "supported MPK Poznan in the implementation of the project, both at the drafting stage of the relevant documentation and in conducting the contract award procedures, as well as throughout the process of selecting the most advantageous offer and an audit carried out by the Public Procurement Office, which confirmed the correctness of all decisions taken by MPK Poznan. It was an innovative venture that required tackling entirely new legal challenges resulting from the Act on Electromobility and Alternative Fuels."
The firm's Public Procurement team was led by Senior Partner Jan Rolinski, working with Counsel Agnieszka Chwialkowska and Associate Jaroslaw Kola. Counsel Marta Midloch provided assistance with respect to the agreement for the installation of charging infrastructure for the electric public transport system, Partner Maciej Szambelanczyk advised on all energy-related issues, and Counsel Sergiusz Urban provided environmental-protection related advice.