ONLY HALF OF CANDIDATE CONTRACTORS FOR DANUBE BRIDGE 2 HAVE FILED OFFERS
Half of the 30 firms that had purchased tender dossiers for designing and building the second bridge across the Danube filed preliminary offers, the press centre of the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications announced, but refused to specify names. The procedure was opened on May 7 and the term for submission of preliminary offers elapsed at 15.00 hrs. on June 14. The 15 applicants include Bulgarian firms and companies from EU candidate members. The tender will be held in two stages. Between four and eight bidders will be shortlisted for participation in the second stage. The evaluation will be based on the filed offers and is to be approved by the European Commission. The shortlisted candidates will submit expanded offers for the second stage. The offered price for designing and building the bridge between Vidin and Kalafat will be the major criterion for nominating the winner, Deputy Transport Minister Sofia Kassidova specified. Concurrently, tenders will be held for choosing an independent building supervisor and evaluator and a tender for the construction of the adjacent infrastructure on Bulgarian territory will be invited next year. The Transport Ministry intends to sign by end-2004 the contract with the executor of the project. The building of Danube Bridge 2 should start in the second half of next year and be completed in 2008, Transport Minister Nikolay Vassilev explained. Construction of Danube Bridge 2, which is a part of Transeuropean Transport Corridor No 4, will cost between EUR230-260MN. EUR70MN will be ensured by the EU ISPA programme, EUR5MN will come from the French Agency for Development, and КfW will extend EUR20MN. About EUR62MN will be allocated from the Bulgarian budget. The European Investment Bank will also participate in the financing by a 25-year loan of EUR70MN.