On April 15, Transport Minister Ľubomír Vážny signed a thirty-year concessionary contract with the winner of the tender for construction and operation of five sections of the D1 highway between Žilina and Prešov totalling 75 kilometres in length, the minister’s spokesman Stanislav Jurikovič announced.
The contract is the first of three planned public-private partnership (PPP) highway projects, the SITA newswire reported. An international consortium led by the French company Bouygues Travaux Publics SA won the tender. Its other members include the Slovak companies Doprastav, a.s. Bratislava and Váhostav-SK, a.s. Žilina. The first PPP project includes the D1 stretches between Dubná Skala and Turany, Turany and Hubová, Hubová and Ivachnová, Janovce and Jablonov, and Fričovce and Svinia. The winning consortium's bid for construction and operation of the D1 sections reportedly amounted to €3.3 billion.
The Slovak cabinet approved Vážny's proposal to sign the contract at a regular meeting on Wednesday, April 15. The Finance Ministry recommended that the cabinet approve the contract, saying that the bid by the winning consortium was advantageous for Slovakia. According to the Finance Ministry, the investment value of the first PPP package is €2.39 billion excluding VAT. The ministry believes that the draft contract creates all the conditions necessary for successful implementation and operation of the D1 highway PPP project. The duration of the project is 32 years, including a construction period of two years and nine months. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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