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Ministry of Infrastructure sets Patras-Pyrgos Motorway project as top priority – Funding secured

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The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport describes a concerning image for the 8 contracts that have been recently received regarding Patras-Pyrgos Motorway project.

The relevant document notes that EU funding for the 8 contracts would definitely expire in 2023 and that even if some of them proceeded, there was a real risk for refund claims regarding the total amount of funding that it would have received till then.

In reverse, according to the document signed by the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Mr. Kostas Karamanlis, the project is now funded by NSRF 2021-2027 as a phasing project, which ensures the completion of the project.

It is emphasized that the reintegration of the project in the concession contract of Olympia Odos was chosen as the optimal solution and for this purpose a framework of understanding has been signed between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the concessionaire.

“Today, the necessary steps are being taken towards the European Commission aiming for the reintegration of Patras-Pyrgos Motorway”, is stated and in fact it is emphasized that it is absolutely clear that the political leadership of the Ministry of Infrastructure & Transport has raised the issue of Patras-Pyrgos as an absolute priority”.

The 8 contracts

According to the assessment of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, the situation with the 8 contracts was as follows:

Section 1 (Pyrgos – Douneika) – The contractor consortium TOXOTIS-CONSTRUCTION GROUP was definitely declared in default, due to its inability to provide letters of guarantee for good execution of the project.

Section 3 (Kyllini-Amaliada) – Two applications for Cancellation and Suspension were filed with the Council of State, one of which was adjudicated while the other remained pending.

Section 4 (Varda-Kyllini) – The contractor consortium (K / X) TOXOTIS-CONSTRUCTION GROUP was definitely declared in default, due to its inability to provide letters of guarantee for good execution of the project.

Section 5 (Sageika-Varda) – Instead of a construction site, the Ministry received a dump! More specifically, it was found that in the area of ​​execution of the project, which had been expropriated for use by the State since 2010, a large amount of waste has been illegally deposited and therefore an indictment was filed in early July 2019 by the Public Prosecutors of Achaia and Ilia prefectures.

Section 8 (Mintilogli-VIPE Patras) – On 10/12/2019, 3 penalty clauses were imposed on the contractor due to non-compliance with the indicative sectional deadlines, and on 16/03/2020 the contractor “GD INFRASTRUTTURE” was declared in default, according to the article 160 of L.4412/2016.

In conclusion, it is deduced that the choice of the division of the project into 8 separate contracts was catastrophic and did not benefit in any way the project. What is new in the case is that, according to the document, DG REGIO had repeatedly expressed its disagreement to the previous Government about the option of dividing the project while it had also objections to the extremely low bids (and therefore big discounts) submitted.

The case of the 8 contractors in Patras-Pyrgos Motorway, was closed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on March 20, when an order was given for the dissolution of the signed Contracts (Sections 2,5,6 and 7), as well as the cancellation of the tenders for the awarding of the contracts for sections 1,3 and 4 which, after so many years, remained pending.

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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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