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Chinese giant CRBC: If we hire Croatian company our business reputation is ruined

Christian Fernsby |
If welders from China do not arrive at the construction site of the Peljesac bridge in Croatia soon, together with a new contingent of 47 steel blocks, the bridge will not be completed in about a year.

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Due to the corona crisis, the investor of Hrvatska cesta and the contractor, the Chinese state company China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), left the possibility of extending the set deadline for completion (July 31, 2021) for a few more months, but if steel blocks from Chinese steel mills if they are late, the deadlines will be extended, so the opening of the bridge itself could be at the beginning of 2022, Slobodna Dalmacija writes.

The Chinese have been negotiating with Brodosplit to cede their welders to them, but nothing has come of it so far.

True, the shipyards are already working on the part of the access road to the Peljesac bridge, the so-called Ston bypass, as subcontractors of the Greek company "Avax".

Those more familiar with this issue claim that the Chinese eventually want to bring their welders from China because they believe that their business reputation would be damaged if they introduced a company from Croatia to such an important business. In the end, this would mean that they were not able to build the Pelješac Bridge on their own, which, according to CRBC, would damage their business reputation.

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