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LJUBLJANA (Slovenia), January 20 (SeeNews) – Slovenia’s state-run company 2DTK said it has received 29 bids in its tender for construction of a second track of the Divaca-Koper railway line divided in two lots, with all but one of the 15 candidates for the first lot also bidding for the second one.
The first lot, for the section from Divaca to Crni Kal, has attracted 15 bids, whereas the second lot, from Crni Kal to Koper, drew 14 bids, 2DTK said in a statement on Friday.
The bids for the first lot were submitted by: China State Construction Engineering Corporation; a consortium of Slovenia's Kolektor CPG and Turkey's Yapi Merkezi Insaat and Ozaltin Insaat; Turkey's Cengiz Insaat; China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation; China Communications Construction Company; a consortium of Austria's Marti GmbH, Switzerland's Marti Tunnel AG and Slovakia's TuCon; a consortium of Turkey's Ic Ictas Insaat and Bosnia's Euro-Asfalt; a consortium of Slovenia's Gorenjska Gradbena Druzba and CGP and Czech company Metrostav; China's Power Construction Corporation; a consortium of Italy's Impresa Pizzarotti, Spain's Acciona and Slovenia's Makro 5 Gradnje; a consortium of Turkey's YDA Insaat and Unitek Insaat; China Railway; Austria's Swietelsky; a consortium of Austria's Strabag, Germany's Ed. Zublin AG and Turkey's Gulermak; and a consortium of China Gezhouba Group and Slovenia's Ginex International.
All of those bidders, excluding the consortium of Austria's Marti GmbH, Switzerland's Marti Tunnel AG and Slovakia's TuCon, have also submitted bids for the second lot.
2DTK said the procedure for selecting the winning bids will take place in two stages. In the first one, the candidates' competence to carry out the project will be evaluated, while the outcome of the second stage will be decided by the offered price.
In May, the European Investment Bank approved a loan of up to 250 million euro ($277 million) for the construction of a second track of the Divaca-Koper railway line.
Luka Koper, the company operating Slovenia's Adriatic port of Koper, said in January 2019 that the second railway track to Divaca is planned to be completed by 2025 and to begin operations the following year.
According to information published by 2DTK, the investment in the project will total some 1.2 billion euro. The new 27-kilometre long track along with the existing one will offer a combined capacity of 231 trains per day, or 43.4 million net tonnes of cargo per year, the company has said.