2nd Austrian Claim Rejected by Bulgaria Anti-monopoly Watchdog

Business | March 11, 2010, Thursday // 16:47|  views

Bulgaria's Regional Minister, Rosen Plevneliev, announces the start of the public tender to build Lot 2 of the “Trakiya” highway. Photo by BGNES

The complaints of the Austrian road construction consortium "Strabag" and the Greek builder “Terna” over the “Trakiya” highway public tender with Bulgaria’s Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) have been rejected.

CPC informed Thursday that the dispute regarding the selection of the contractor to build Lot 2 of the highway - the Stara Zagora – Nova Zagora section and the request to halt the public tender are unfounded.

In the beginning of February it was announced that the lower bid was submitted by the "Bulgarian Trace Group Hold", owned by businessman Nikolay Mihaylov. Subsidiaries include "PSI", "SK13 Holding", "Viastroy Engineering" and "Road Construction - Dobrich".

The group's proposed cost for the project was almost three times lower than the highest offer received, at EUR 2,2 M per kilometer, while in 2005-2007 it had built the section from Orizovo to Stara Zagora for EUR 2,4 M per km. Because of the low price submitted, the company will be asked for additional justification, said chairman of the selection committee Dimitar Margaritov.

This is the second “Strabag” and “Terna” complaint with CPC. The first one was also rejected.

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Tags: Rosen Plevneliev, Road Infrastructure Agency, Minister of Regional Development, Trakiya Highway, Nova Zagora, Stara Zagora, Strabag, Unified Highway Trace, Stara Zagora, CPC, Lot 2


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