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Chinese, Turkish and Bulgarian companies bid to build Mt. Shipka tunnel

Christian Fernsby |
Seven offers were opened in a tender for the construction of a Mt. Shipka tunnel in Bulgaria.

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Topics: CHINESE    TURKISH    BULGARIA   

The aspiring contractors are companies from Bulgaria, China and Turkey, the Road Infrastructure Agency said.

The contract is for more than the Shipka tunnel and will include building a 10.5 km road with a 7.6 km stretch of new construction and the reconstruction of 2.9 km of the existing road between Gabrovo and Kazanluk, as well as five tunnels with a total length of 4.011 km.

The Shipka tunnel will be 3.22 km long, while the other four will be 171 m, 240 m, 90 m and 290 m.

The project also includes six bridges and 1 underpass.

The total tentative value is 267.2 million leva pre-VAT.

The contractor will have 1,280 days, which is close to three-and-a-half years, to complete the project.

The facility will be a key element of the North-South infrastructure and will be used for crossing the Balkan Range in the central part of the country: from Rousse (on the Danube) to Svilengrad and Makaza (on the border with Greece) via Veliko Turnovo, and from Oryahovo (on the Danube) to Svilengrad/Makaza via Sevlievo and Stara Zagora.

The government's plan is to seek funding for the project from the future EU-funded Operational Programme Transport Connectivity.


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