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China opens three more high-speed lines

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China continued the rapid expansion of its high-speed network on December 1 with the opening of three more sections of new line totalling 1043km.

The three new lines comprise:

– The 378km Shangqiu – Fuyang – Hefei section of the Beijing – Hong Kong high-speed artery with 14 stations,

– The 276km Zhengzhou – Fuyang high-speed line which has 11 stations, and

– The 389km Zhengzhou – Nanyang – Xiangyang section of the Zhengzhou – Chongqing high-speed line, which also has 11 stations.

All three lines have a design speed of 350km/h and an initial maximum operating speed of 300km/h.

China State Railway Group (CR) will operate 40 round trips per day on both the Shangqiu – Fuyang – Heifei and Zhengzhou – Fuyang lines and 18 trains/day/direction between Zhengzhou and Xiangyang. The journey time between Zhengzhou and Xiangyang will be 1h 45min.

Source: railjournal.com

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AKTOR and MYTILINEOS disqualified from major PPP road project

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Turbulence in the construction industry continues, this time for another major, ‘new-generation’ project. According to safe information of ypodomes.com, AEPP (i.e. Pre-litigation Appeals’ Authority) is excluding AKTOR and MYTILINEOS from the tender, following an appeal by INTRAKAT, which has been accepted.

According to the same sources, the two companies are out of the tender due to lack of experience of the project’s designer regarding electromechanical works. The decision was issued last Friday, causing concern in the Ministry.

A total of 5 consortia had initially participated in the tender at the stage of Expression of Interest. The fact that two out of 5 companies are out of the game is translated by market players as a weakening of the tender process itself as both AKTOR and MYTILINOS (along with the spanish company Acciona) have significant experience in large-scale projects.

The 3 companies that remain are TERNA, INTRAKAT and AVAX.

The two consortia are considered certain to file an objection, as they are entitled by the law, to the Council of State, against this decision in the hope that the CoS will overturn the decision and allow them to return to the tender.

It should be reminded that on January 23, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport had published its decision for the qualification of all 5 groups to the second stage.

The project

The estimated cost of the project is 312.23m euros (incl. VAT, VAT excl.:251.8m euros) and the Iimplementing entity is the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. It is a PPP project and the tender will proceed according to the provisions of L.4412/2016.

As it is already known, the contract awarding procedure comprises 2 phases:

Phase A: Expression of interest and

Phase B (including 2 stages):

– Competitive dialogue and

– Binding offers

The duration of the PPP contract will be 360 ​​months (i.e. 30 years) while there is no provision for funding from the European Union. The repayment of the project will be made through availability payments or other installments during the operation period.

Under the partnership agreement, the private partner is expected to undertake the following:

a) The preparation of all the studies required for the construction of the projec (on the basis of the studies provided by the contracting authority, the final design of the project, environmental permits, etc.),

b) Execution of the entirety of the required construction works,

c) Financing the project,

d) Maintenance and operation of the road section «Kalamata – Rizomilos – Pylos – Methoni», as provided for in the final design, for the duration of the PPP,

e) Return of the project to the Greek State, at the end of the contract period.

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Egnatia Odos ready to launch contactless payments mobile app

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Egnatia Odos is introducing a new upgraded contactless payment service. In collaboration with one of the world’s most prominent road service companies, the Canadian IBI Group, drivers will be able to use the new Egnatia Pay App using a QR code, without the need to come into physical contact with the toll stations’ employees.

Egnatia Pay Mobile App is an application that responds to modern customer services standards. The operation is easy: drivers approaching the toll station is directed to a payment lane. There, they display the QR Code on their mobile phones, the toll fee will be deducted allowing them to continue their journey.

How it works for toll stations and subscribers

Once installed on the toll stations, Egnatia Pay App will be available for Android and iPhone devices. From there, anyone who wants to download it for free can register and start using it.

It will be valid for those who are already subscribers and have been supplied with Egnatia cards and in the future for those who choose Egnatia pass transceivers, as it will be connected to the wireless device (the device is available by Egnatia Odos SA). It is worth noting that the application will integrate all discount policies given to Egnatia card holders and e-pass transceivers.

The application is expected to be launched in the summer 2020 and will significantly benefit both local communities along the motorway axis and frequent users.

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AKTOR-TEKAL consortium withdraws from major port project in Thessaloniki

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The first withdrawal has been confirmed for the tender process of the largest port project in the Mediterranean, which with 170m euros will complete the 6th Pier of OLTH (i.e. Thessaloniki Port).

According to sources close to the tender, J/V AKTOR-TEKAL withdrew its participation due to “internal issues”. So far (and if we don’t see another withdrawal) the consortia that remain in the competition are:

J/V EIFFAGE-ΤΕΡΝΑ, J/V MYTILINEOS-ROVER MARITIME SL- CH. KONSTANTINIDIS, J/V INTRAKAT-VITTADELLO, ARCHIRODON, J/V AVAX-ΕΤΕRMAR-NV BESIX, ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION

The entries of foreign companies in the project come from Eiffage (France), Vittadello (Italy), Besix (Belgium), Etermar (Portugal) and Acciona (Spain).

A particularly interesting element of the tender, according to a source close to the case, is that up to 6 participants can pass to the second phase. This means that at least one of the above impressive contenders could leave the ‘battle’ prematurely.

The completion of the evaluation of the first stage is expected to take place by next week. Then, OLTH SA is expected to forward to the pre-selected companies the call for submission of binding offers, regarding their participation in the second stage of the tender procedure.

This project is the most important among the mandatory investments undertaken by OLTH SA, according to the Concession Agreement with the Greek State.

A consortium comprised by SALFO-AECOM-SAMARAS & ASSOCIATES is the independent engineer of the project while the project manager is Hill International, with Rogan & Associates in the role of the designer.

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