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NDS cancels tender for electronic highway toll collection system

The National Highway Company (NDS) has halted the tender for the construction and operation of an electronic highway toll collection system.

It was the biggest tender that the government of Prime Minister Robert Fico has organised so far.

The winner of the tender is to build and operate the electronic system of highway toll collection for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.

The NDS intends to announce a new tender next week, the Sme daily reports.

Around 50 companies enrolled in the competition, while NDS originally expected that no more than 22 companies would be interested in participating in the tender. The original terms of the tender were drafted according to those expectations.

The terms of a new tender would let the NDS shortlist eight or even 10 bidders, while NDS originally planned to shortlist a maximum of five bidders.

NDS intends to start collecting the toll in January 2009.

The tender concerns the construction and operation of an electronic toll collection system for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes on a network of 2,435 kilometres of road in Slovakia. The NDS set the estimated value of the order at Sk20 billion without VAT.

The winning company is to have a 14-year contract, building the system within one year and operating it for 13 years, starting in 2009.

-SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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