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Six bidders in the race for highway tender

SIX bidders have submitted their offers in a tender to build and operate five sections of the D1 highway between Žilina and Prešov, as part of Slovakia’s first package of public-private partnerhip projects, the SITA newswire reported.

SIX bidders have submitted their offers in a tender to build and operate five sections of the D1 highway between Žilina and Prešov, as part of Slovakia’s first package of public-private partnerhip projects, the SITA newswire reported.

The Ministry of Transportation released the names of the bidders on January 9. They are:

- a consortium of the Swedish group Skanska Infrastructure Development AB and the French company Vinci Concessions S.A.;

- the Spanish company Obrascón Huarte Laín S.A.;

- a consortium made up of Slovak joint stock companies Doprastav and Váhostav-SK, Bouygues Travaux Publics SA and Colas SA of France, the Hungarian company Intertoll-Europe Zrt., and the Portuguese Mota-Engil, SGPS;

- the French company Eiffage Travaux Publics;

- the ZPKM Consortium of Hochtief and Construction AG Slovensko;

- an Austrian-Australian consortium consisting of Austria’s Strabag AG and Porr Solutions Immobillen und Infrastructurprojekte GmbH, and the Australian Macquarie Capital Group Limited.

Potential bidders had until January 8 to submit documents proving their qualifications to meet the tender participation criteria. The ministry will now shortlist up to four bidders to continue in the tender.

The contract will be granted for project documentation, construction, funding, operation and maintenance for five sections of the D1 highway with a total length of nearly 75 kilometres: Dubná Skala-Turany, Turany-Hubová, Hubová-Ivachnová, Jánovce-Jablonov and Fričovce-Svinia. The contract could last up to 30 years.

The tender terms do not specify the estimated net value of the concession. The Transportation Ministry said previously that it would be Sk49.1 billion (Ř1.5 billion) without VAT.

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