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New Appeals Complicate Situation Surrounding Peljesac Bridge Construction

New Appeals Complicate Situation Surrounding Peljesac Bridge Construction
Paul Bradbury

May the 8th, 2021 - New complaints are set to further complicate the already lengthy saga surrounding the Peljesac bridge construction process, despite the fact that the building of the bridge itself has been going to plan even with the coronavirus pandemic having an influence.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Austrian company Strabag and the Italian company Astaldi not only appealed to the State Commission for the Control of Public Procurement Procedures (DKOM) but also sued the Administrative Court for rejecting their respective appeals. The public tender for the supervision of the works on the Peljesac Bridge construction process was slowed down by numerous complaints and appeals. Dalekovod and Strabag both issued appeals, writes Vecernji list.

Then came the tenders for the construction of the bridge's access roads. For these two jobs, the Duboka - Sparagovici section and the Ston bypass, as well as the Spragovici - Papratno - Doli section, a fierce battle was fought with appeals and complaints being issued between Strabag and the Greek company Avax. In the end, each won one of these tenders.

This isn't the end of the saga of appeals being lodged regarding tenders for the implementation of the road connection project in the extreme south of Croatia. Last week, DKOM received two new complaints related to the wider Peljesac bridge construction project, related to tenders for equipping access roads to Peljesac bridge itself as well as to the Ston bypass. Bids in this tender with an estimated value of works of 83.1 million kuna excluding VAT were opened up back in December 2020, and Hrvatske ceste (Croatian roads) decided to award the job to Telur in April, whose bid of 72.2 million kuna was deemed the most favourable.

Other bidders weren't satisfied with the decision, therefore, Dalekovod and Strabag both filed complaints with DKOM last week. Dalekovod's offer was worth 79 million kuna, and Strabag's came with a price tag of 82.9 million kuna. The Spanish company Comsa, on the other hand, offered to equip the access roads to Peljesac bridge for 107 million kuna, and its offer was rejected because it offered an equivalent but different lighting system for all tunnels on the access roads instead of the previously designed system.

Back at the end of 2019, Hrvatske ceste announced a tender for the supply and equipping of access roads to both Peljesac bridge and the Ston bypass, which was divided into two groups - group A referred to power supply, and B to equipping. However, in regard to that tender, the contractor was selected only for the power supply, and the job was won by a consortium of companies - Valard, Elektrocentar Petek, Tehno-Elektro and Dalekovod. The value of their joint bid is 69.4 million kuna, while the estimated value of works for this group was actually 52.1 million kuna.

The only bid received for the equipping of Dalekovod and Elektrocentar Petek amounted to 99.8 million kuna, while the estimated value of those works for this group was 42.3 million kuna. As it was 135 percent higher than the estimated value of the works, the bid was of course rejected, but also declared unsuitable because different equipment was offered than the type specifically required in the tender documentation.

At the beginning of 2019, Hrvatske ceste announced a tender for the supply and equipping of only the Duboka - Sparagovici section (38.2 million kuna), but the amounts in all bids received for this tender were too high, so the tender was cancelled. After that, in order to speed up the process, Hrvatske ceste decided to go with one tender for the supply and equipping of all of the sub-sections of access roads to Peljesac bridge.

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