Serbia gets 25 bids for building of 13.5-km long corridor X motorway section.

By bne IntelliNews January 18, 2012
Serbia has received 25 bids from companies and consortia coming from 13 countries in a tender for the construction of the Grdelica-Vladicin Han motorway section, which lies on EU-defined corridor X, the country's motorways operator, Koridori Srbije, said on its website. Koridori Srbije did not name the companies but said they come from Italy, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Germany, Croatia, Spain, Slovenia and Austria, among others. The company opened the technical part of the bids on January 16 and will take some time to evaluate it before opening the financial components of the offers. Koridori Srbije said the job will be awarded to the bidder, who has offered the lowest price. The company's technical director Goran Petrovic told news agency Tanjug that the opening of the financial parts of the bids will take place at the end of February or the beginning of March. A deal could be signed at the end of April with works starting already at the end of May, Petrovic said. The Grdelica-Vladicin Han section is divided into two subsections, Grdelica-Caricina Dolina and Caricina Dolina-Vladicin Han than will be each built into two lots, Koridori Srbije has said. Lot 1 stretches over six kilometers and Lot 2 over 4.57 km as each of them should be built within 720 days. Lot 3 includes a 1.1-km long tunnel and Lot 4 a tunnel of 1.8 km as each of them is to be constructed within 900 days. The construction will be financed by a European Investment Bank loan. The Grdelica-Vladicin Han section lies in southern Serbia close to the border with Macedonia. The section is part of the Grabovica-Lesovoje motorway that is marked E-75. Corridor X runs from Austria to Greece via Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia. It comprises a 2,528 km long rail corridor and a 2,300 km long road corridor.
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