Rijeka, Croatia (PortSEurope) February 11, 2019 – SŽ – Železniško Gradbeno Podjetje Ljubljana, a subsidiary of the Slovenian national railways operator Slovenske Železnice, won the tender to build a new container terminal in the Croatian port of Rijeka, but Croatian DIV Group is appealing the decision claiming that it offered a lower price.
The new container terminal will increase the port’s capacity by eliminating a bottleneck and better align the port’s railway infrastructure to the railway station in Rijeka. The European Commission (EC) will fund 85% of the project, as part of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).
SŽ – Železniško Gradbeno Podjetje Ljubljana’s bid was for €28.5 million ($32.25 million). The DIV Group’s bid was for €24.6 million ($27.84 million) and described as unrealistically low by Rijeka port administration (Luka Rijeka d.d.) and the infrastructure arm of the Croatian national railways operator Hrvatske Željeznice. Works should start in 2019 with a completion date forecasted for 2021.
Other bidders included Slovenia’s Kolektor Koling, Spanish Comse, Austrian Swietelsky and Strabag companies and the Croatian branch of the French construction company Colas.
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