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Short-listed PPP applicants to be named by end of January

According to the SITA newswire, the Transportation Ministry will announce by the end of January which of the six companies that bid in a tender for the construction and operation of five stretches of the D1 highway between Martin and Prešov met the tender criteria.

According to the SITA newswire, the Transportation Ministry will announce by the end of January which of the six companies that bid in a tender for the construction and operation of five stretches of the D1 highway between Martin and Prešov met the tender criteria.

This is the first of three packages planned within the public private partnership (PPP) highway projects. Transport Ministry spokesman Marián Jánošík told SITA that if all the six applicants meet the tender criteria, two of them will have to be excluded.

In compliance with the tender terms, the Transport Ministry as a public procurer of PPP highway tenders, can shortlist up to four applicants. Jánošík admitted that the tender might be extended the excluded participants appeal the decision.

A concession agreement in the first PPP project will be granted for project documentation, construction, funding, operation and maintenance of the D1 highway's five stretches with a total length of 74.84 kilometres. The concession will expire in thirty years at the most. Tender terms, however, do not specify the estimated net value of the concession. The Transport Ministry said some time ago that it was Sk49.1 billion without VAT.

The ministry has received documentation proving the potential bidders' qualification to meet tender participation criteria from the consortium clustering the Swedish group Skanska Infrastructure Development AB, the French company Vinci Concessions S.A., as well as the Spanish company Obrascon Huarte Lain S.A. Also interested is the consortium comprising of Slovak joint stock companies Doprastav and Váhostav - SK, French Bouygues Travaux Publics SA and Colas SA, the Hungarian company Intertoll - Europe ZRt. and the Portuguese Mota-Engil, SGPS. The fourth entity in the tender is French firm Eiffage Travax Publics and the fifth entity is the consortium ZPKM Consortium, c/o Hochtief and Construction AG Slovensko. The last potential participant is the Austrian-Australian consortium consisting of Austrian company Strabag AG and Porr Solutions Immobillen- und Infrastructurprojekte GmbH and the Australian Macquarie Capital Group Limited. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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