PKP Cargo says it is currently examining financing options for the order and plans to issue a tender in the next few weeks. Deliveries are scheduled for 2016 or 2017.

The locomotives will need to be certified for operation in Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Italy.

PKP Cargo already operates a fleet of 10 multi-system electric locomotives supplied by Bombardier and Siemens, nine of which are leased.