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Doprastav expanding and extending

ONE OF Slovakia's largest construction companies, Doprastav, made Sk58 million in profits on revenues of Sk6.1 billion in 2001, say company officials. Production accounted for 86 per cent of revenue.

Highway construction dominated activities last year, with the company acting as senior contractor in the construction of three highway segments. The company is also working jointly with its Czech subsidiary Metrostav in building a tunnel in the Czech Republic, a tunnel in Slovakia and projects related to the Prague subway system. The tunnel under construction in Slovakia, at 7.5 km, will be the country's longest. Doprastav owns 62.5 per cent of Metrostav Prague.

The company is also building a Tesco outlet in Žilina, a malt production facility in the southern town of Hurbanovo, and several facilities for Volkswagen.

Doprastav is interested this year in the project of constructing a fifth bridge over the Danube river, as well as building an additional two highway segments. The deadline for the tender in the Košicka bridge project is March 18, and the winner should be announced in April.

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