Bulgaria receives 4 offers for construction of Danube Bridge II
Three consortia and one Spanish company have filed bids for the design/construction of Danube Bridge II, spanning the river at Vidin-Calafat.
FCC of Spain has pitched the lowest implementation cost - 105.2 mln euro, and is ready to offer a 5% discount.
The highest project cost - 268.2 mln euro, was proposed by the tie-in between France's Vinci and Bulgaria's Glavbolgarstroy and Moststroy.
The offers in between were submitted by the Zublin/Eiffel consortium (158.297 mln euro) and the Bouygues/Transstroy Varna/Rizzani de Eccher tie-in (183.149 mln euro).
The contractor should be picked with the next 6 months, said deputy transport minister Vesela Gozpodinova.
The commission in charge of the procedure is expected to forward for review in Brussels the appraisal of the bids within a month.
The commission will first determine if the candidates comply with the procedural criteria and then it will assess the technical parameters of their offers.
The contract may not necessarily go to the lowest bidder.
The project's total worth is 226 mln euro. The ISPA resource includes a 70 mln euro EU grant.
The EIB will provide 70 mln euro for the construction of the bridge, 5 mln euro will come from the French Development Agency, 20 mln euro from Germany's КfW and 62 mln euro from the state budget.
The 2 km four-lane facility should be launched by 2009.
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