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Slovenia Cancels Tender For Bridges As Part Of Second Koper-Divača Railway

Slovenia cancels tender for bridges as part of second Koper-Divača railway

Slovenia Cancels Tender For Bridges As Part Of Second Koper-Divača RailwaySource: Luka Koper

Koper, Slovenia (PortSEurope) August 11, 2019 – 2TDK has canceled the tender for the crossing of the Glinščica valley in the construction of the second Koper-Divača railway, because the “bid review and evaluation phase had not been properly completed”.

2TDK d.o.o. (Project Development Company) is a 100 % state-owned company, a special purpose entity, established for the development of the Second track Divača-Koper railway line and based in Ljubljana.

The second track Divača-Koper railway line will be a 27.1-kilometre-long new railway line from Divača to Koper, including eight tunnels, two viaducts, two bridges and one gallery. 20.5 km or 75 % of the line will consist of tunnels.

Three tender bids were received: the cheapest was the consortium of Markomark Nival, Nival Invest and Ekorel (just under €8 million); Kolektor CGP together with the companies Riko and Pomgrad (€13.5 million) and the company Godina (€14.3 million).

The existing one-line electrified railway line between Koper and Divača is the only railway connection of the port of Koper to the hinterland.

The capacity of the line is limited due to its technical equipment, and throughput and transport are also affected by emergencies and measures implemented on the line (such as overhaul and modernization).

The Divača-Koper section is an integral part of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T). Across Slovenia, there are two core network corridors, of which Divača-Koper line is an integral part:

  • Baltic-Adriatic corridor in direction (Graz) – Šentilj-Maribor-Ljubljana-Koper / Trieste and
  • Mediterranean corridor in the direction (Venice) – Trieste / Koper – Ljubljana – Pragersko – Hodoš – (Budapest).

The importance of the Divača-Koper line is most evident in the international rail freight traffic, due to the role of the Koper cargo port in connecting the hinterland Slovenian and European economy with the overseas countries.

The existing Divača-Koper line does not meet the core network standards adopted by the EU Council in 2012 and is expected to be implemented by 2030. The standards are not achieved in terms of the speed and length of train tracks.

The port of Koper is almost the only generator of freight traffic on the section of the Divača-Koper railway line, and the port is expanding its capacity, and requires improved transport links to move the extra cargo. The extra capacity will enable the port to compete with other North Adriatic ports such as Trieste and Venice.

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