Банкеръ Weekly



The seven firms which remained in the contest for the supervision on the construction of Danube Bridge 2 will be very carefully filtered out by our Transport Ministry, the BANKER learned. The ministry has set an ambitious task to avoid the so-far regrettable practice of implementing the big infrastructural projects with a delay and poor quality. Some time ago Transport Minister Peter Mutafchiev and the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Assen Gagaouzov blamed for that situation the supervising authorities and promised to take serious measures in order to prevent repetition of the notorious cases such as the rehabilitation of the Vidin-Montana road or the construction of the new Sofia Airport's passenger terminal.
For that reason the offers of the seven firms, approved by the delegation of the European Commission will be carefully scrutinised. The participants admitted to the final stage are the Danish COWI and the international Mott MacDonald Limited, as well as five consortia. The first one is between the British Faber Maunsell, the French Louis Berger (which is also one of the supervisors of the Plovdiv-Svilengrad railway project), the American Оve ArupPartners and the Spanish Tecnica Proyectos. The second joint venture is between the French Ingerop and the British High-point Rendel. The other three consortia are headed respectively by the French Setek TPI, the British Tony Gee and Partners and WSP Group (also British).
The tender dossiers for the second bridge across the Danube were sent to the seven bidders on July 7. They should submit their final offers till September 4. A day later the evaluating commission will start considering the final proposals. A preliminary meeting has been projected as well to specify all unclear details before the candidates file their final offers. The meeting will be held in the beginning of August.
The contract with the winner should be closed by the year-end. The selected company will have to check and coordinate the technical project, worked out by the chief contractor of Danube Bridge 2 carry out the supervision on the construction of the new facility.
A ceiling of EUR7MN has been set for the contract which the winner may close, and the length of its work will be 51 months. During 38 of them the supervisors will be exercising control over the technical designing and construction of the bridge, and the remaining months are a guarantee period.
The construction of the bridge will cost EUR236MN. The money has been ensured under the European Union's PHARE and ISPA programmes, the European Investment bank, the German state-owned development bank Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW), the French development agency AFD, and from Bulgaria's budget. The project's executor will be picked out in September among five candidates. These are the consortia between Germany's Bilfinger Berger and Belgium's Besix, the French Vinci C.G.P and Bulgaria's Glavbolgarstroy and Moststroy, the French Vinci C.G.P., Glavbolgarstroy and Moststroy, as well as the joint-venture between the French Bouygues Travaux Publics, the Varna-based Transstroy and the Italian Rizzani de Eccher. The fourth consortium is between the Singapore-registered Ed. Zublin AG, the Austrian Alpine Mayreder Bau and the French Eiffel Construction Metallique. The fifth one is formed by Hochtief Construction and the Spanish Obrascon Huarte Lain.

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