Bulgaria Moves to Terminate Contract for Struma Motorway Lot 4

Business | October 27, 2014, Monday // 12:19|  views

Bulgaria's caretaker Transport Minister Nikolina Angelkova, photo by BGNES

Bulgaria’s contract with Greek company Aktor on the construction of Lot 4 of the Struma motorway will be terminated due to its refusal to sign an annex.

Bulgaria’s Regional Development Ministry gave Aktor an ultimatum to sign an annex to the contract by Friday.

Nikolina Angelkova, caretaker Transport Minister, explained in an interview for 24 Hours Daily that the procedure for the termination of the contract was underway, stressing that Bulgaria would claim penalty charges.

Aktor was supposed to sign an annex requiring it to complete one of the lanes of the motorway section connecting Sandanski o Kulata by end-2014 and the other lane by end-March 2015, according to reports of dnevnik.bg.

Lazar Lazarov, head of the Road Infrastructure Agency, specified that a statement declaring the termination of construction works would be issued first, after which the contract would be cancelled in ten days.

He informed that the authorities would conduct an assessment of what had already been built, adding that any cases of poor quality of construction would not be paid for.

Lazarov explained that a new contractor would be selected through a new public procurement procedure after that.

He said that half of the motorway section had been completed.

The deadline for the completion of Lot 4 of the Struma motorway was extended twice, first by 200 days and then by another 52 days due to the rainy weather in the summer.

A recent inspection showed that no construction works were underway at the site, which caused the Bulgarian authorities to warn the Greek firm that the contract could be terminated.

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Tags: Nikolina Angelkova, caretaker government, Struma motorway, lot 4, Aktor, Lazar Lazarov, Road Infrastructure Agency


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