Bulgaria's Trace Wins Trakia Highway Tender - ReportsBusiness | February 17, 2010, Wednesday // 16:20| views
Unconfirmed media reports state that the contract to build the next section of the Trakiya Highway has been won by a Bulgarian consortium. The contract had been announced in the autumn of 2009 by Rosen Plevneliev (above), Minister of Regional Development
The contract for construction of a new section of the Trakiya Highway has been won by "Unified Highway Trace", a Bulgarian consortium, according to Bulgarian media reports.
The tender on offer was for construction of a 32 km stretch of highway to link the towns of Stara Zagora and Nova Zagora.
There has been no confirmation of the award by the tender commission, and the consortium members said they had not been officially informed of the success of their bid.
The official procedure currently under way is in the preliminary stages, with the tender committee awaiting confirmation of its decision, probably by the end of this week, according to local media on Wednesday.
The Bulgarian alliance had submitted the lowest bid - BGN 137,86 M - in competition with three other approved applicants. Cost had been declared as one of the most important criteria.
The low price of the winning bid - approximately one third of the highest figure, and at a lower cost per kilometre than the consortium had received for a similar contract in 2005-2007, has been explained by the consortium’s management as reflecting local transport and material costs - the consortium's operation is based near Stara Zagora.
Four other hopeful bidders had their submissions disallowed, for undisclosed reasons. One of the excluded groups, Austrian "Strabag", later filed an official complaint with the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC), seeking to have the tender award annulled.