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Bulgaria picks 307 mln euro bid for construction of 13 km of Struma motorway

Author Mario Tanev
Bulgaria picks 307 mln euro bid for construction of 13 km of Struma motorway Author: Bugaria's Road Infrastructure Agency / All rights reserved

SOFIA (Bulgaria), November 18 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria's Road Infrastructure Agency said that it has picked the 600 million levs ($339 million/307 million euro) offer of a tie-up between four local companies and Slovakia's Vahostav-SK in a tender for building a 13.2-kilometre section of Struma motorway. 

The Bulgarian members of the consortium are Groma Hold, Evropeiski Patishta, Vodno Stroitelstvo-Blagoevgrad and Patproekt, the government agency said in a statement on Saturday.

A tie-up comprising local companies Geostroy, Patstroy-92, Bias-M, and Iliya Burda offered the lowest price - 504 million levs, but was ranked lower in terms of technical criteria.

The other offer admitted to participation in the tender came from local company GBS Infrastrukturno Stroitelstvo, and was priced at 636 million levs.

The project includes the construction of three tunnels with a total length of some 2.4 km.

Bulgaria intends to seek EU funding to finance the project.

The Struma motorway will link Bulgaria's capital Sofia to Kulata checkpoint on the border with Greece. Its construction has been divided into four parts, of which three have already been built.

(1 euro = 1.95583 levs)