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Design for Salamina island undersea road tunnel, finalized

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One of the major new-generation projects that has been in the tendering process for many years, the underwater road tunnel, linking Salamina island and Perama (on the mainland), is just one step away from the process of its environmental licensing that will lead to its completion.

At this point, ypodomes.com presents you the final form of the project. First of all, it must been said that its cost will reach 450m euros (excl. VAT) and that according to all available information from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, it is a fully funded project.

The ferry terminals of Salamina and Perama are connected on a 24-hour basis, daily, 12 months a year, every 15 minutes, making Salamina-Perama route, according to sources close to the case, the second busiest in Europe, after Dover-Calais, which connects Great Britain with France.

The final scope of the project

Today, consultation between several bodies, the Ministry and the participants has been completed, while the necessary approval has been obtained by the Archaeological Documentation Service.

The final step is the approval by the Hellenic Army General Staff (it will be sent in the next few days), since most of the route goes through an area that belongs to the Army administratively. Then the Environmental Impact Study will be sent for approval to the Ministry of Environment and Energy.

It is reminded that 3 contenders remain in the second stage of the tender: METKA, TERNA and VINCI CONCESSIONS – VINCI HIGHWAYS – AKTOR CONCESSIONS.

The final step will be the start of the third and final phase of the tender, which is the opening of the technical and financial bids that will lead us to the contract awards and signing of the concession contract that will allow the implementation of the project.

Regarding the scope of the project, what ypodomes.com has found out is that the final solution involved the construction of a new axis of about 17km, starting in Schisto area ending at the town of Salamina. The length of the underwater section will be 1,1 km, ultimately reducing travel time between Salamina and the mainland of Attica to just 2-3 minutes.

On the side of Salamina, a road bypass will be constructed in order to relieve traffic congestion in its two most densely-populated areas.

This project is one of the priorities of the Government and the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Mr. Kostas Karamanlis, and is part of the 13b euro package that has been announced recently, being one of the Ministry’s strongest weapons for the restart of the economy and the construction industry.

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Technical offer for Hellinikon casino project, approved

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Καζίνο Ελληνικό Mohegan ΓΕΚ ΤΕΡΝΑ

Α step forward has been taken in the case of the casino in Elliniko since, as it became known, the technical offer of Mohegan-GEK TERNA consortium was approved by the Gaming Supervision and Control Committee (EEEEP), which is also the finalist for this large-scale project.

What remains now is the award of the tender, a step which is currently unknown when it will take place due to the pending case of Hard Rock International’s appeal to the Council of State. It is reminded that the American company made this move despite the repeated negative decisions for it in this tender, due to the rejection of its offer.

The completion of the tender for the Integrated Resort Casino (IRC), is a basic deferral condition for the initiation of the project in Elliniko, which means that the relevant contract must first be signed in order for the signatures concerning the large investment in the spaces of former international airport to be completed.

Inspire Athens

The official name given by Mohegan-GEK TERNA consortium is “Inspire Athens” and is a mega-project, in fact the largest building project in Greece, while for GEK TERNA will be a top addition to the portfolio of projects that implements.

“Inspire Athens”, the first integrated tourist complex with casino in Greece, consists of a luxury hotel, entertainment venues, conference center, shops, restaurants, as well as a complete range of high quality services. The project will help to inaugurate a new era of touristic development and economic prosperity for Greece and the whole region.

The flagship design of the building is a creation of the international architectural firm Steelman Partners, which specializes in the design and construction of IRC complexes.

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Shift2Rail approves €75.4m funding for 19 projects

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The Shift2Rail (S2R) joint venture (JV) has announced that it will provide up to €75.4m in funding for 19 projects worth a total of €147.7m under the 2020 call for proposals for research and innovation (R&I) activities.

S2R members will undertake eight projects worth €127.7m, with the JV providing €55.4m in funding. An additional 11 open call projects worth €22m have been approved, of which up to €20m will be funded by S2R.

A total of 242 participants will be involved in the projects, with 29% of these small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

S2R received 43 requests for a combined €113.3m in funding in the call for proposals, which was around 50% more than the funding available.

“This is an important transition moment for S2R and the rail research and innovation community at large,” says S2R executive director, Mr Carlo Borghini. “These new projects are our ticket to moving into the successor programme and beyond R&I to market uptake of our forward-looking solutions.”

S2R has invested its full budget of €400m over the past four years, resulting in the launch of research worth an estimated €1bn. Last year, S2R published the inaugural edition of its Catalogue of Solutions, which offers railway executives and buyers a clearer picture of what the rail solutions of the future will look like.

 

Source: railjournal.com

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Pyrgos-Kalo Nero road project in Western Peloponnese, signed

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The important road project concerning the upgrade of road safety on Pyrgos-Kalo Nero axis was signed. The contractor of the project is ODOS ATE with a discount rate of 46.53%. It is a 54 km long interregional project. which includes works in both the Prefecture of Ilia and of Messinia, improving the characteristics of the existing section and increasing the level of road safety. The contracting authority is the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

The project was signed on July 23 at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, in Papagou. The initial cost of the project reached 19.8m euros (VAT incl., excl. VAT: 15.96m euros). The auction of the project took place on September 12 and the unsealing of the offers on September 18, 2019. A total of eight companies participated.

The duration of the contract is 730 days, i.e. 2 years. According to rough calculations, the projects, if there aren’t any delays during the construction period, will be completed in the middle of 2021.

The financing of the project will be covered by the NSRF 2014-2020 and more specifically by the O.P. YME-PERAA. It is reminded that Pyrgos-Kalo Nero was part of Olympia Odos until 2013. Then in the famous “restart”, the whole section from Patras to Tsakona was out of the scope of the project. This section also includes the area of ​​Kaiaphas, which has been designated as Natura.

The scope of the project is the implementation of short-term interventions in order to improve road safety featured on the road section of National Road 9 (National Road 9: Patra-South Messinia) “Pyrgos-Kalo Nero”, with a total length of 54 km, in the Regional Units Ilia (42 km) and Messinia (12 km).

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