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State company launches tender for renovation of lock chambers on Danube

The Vodohospodárska výstavba (VV) state-owned company plans to renovate part of the Gabčíkovo waterworks (VD) hydro-power-plant for almost €139 million.

Gabčíkovo hydro-power plant(Source: Sme )

The call was published on May 22 in the Official Journal of the EU for Public Procurement – and on May 23 in the Slovak version. The renewal project will cost a total of €144 million, the TASR newswire wrote.

The recent call concerns securing the main part of the project; i.e. the construction and assembly works. The CEO of VV, Daniel Kvocera, is of the opinion that thanks to the EU grant, the lifespan of the equipment will be prolonged and the continuity on the Slovak-Hungarian section of Danube will be secured.

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“This means vast innovation and modernisation,” Kvocera told TASR. “Imagine that just the one leaf of the lower gate weighs about 450 tonnes and both are dismantled on the spot and replaced with new ones. The installation will be done directly in profile. The stability of the transport will be secured mainly by using more apt and modern materials compared to the current state. We expect more than standard operation parameters of the lock chambers with security guaranteed and permanent reliability when using both lock chambers in parallel,” he summed up.

The goal of the project is to increase the intensity and security of water transport. It includes four basic activities: the replacement of the upper and lower gate, modernising the current hydraulic system for filling and emptying the lock chambers, measures to stabilise the bedrock and developing an expert control system. Over the course of the summer, public tenders will also be announced for the control system and the building inspection.

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