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The “pool” of the new generation, large-scale projects of Greece

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With projects that have been discussed in the past but have not yet been implemented, a “pool” of new projects in our country is being filled by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. Most of them are railway projects while road projects also seem to have a strong presence in this list.

In the field of concessions there does not seem to be much mobility except for the two projects for the northern section of the E65 Motorway (Trikala-Egnatia Motorway) and the extension of Olympia Odos to the southwest, the so-called Patras-Pyrgos Motorway. However, VOAK is being prepared, which will be the biggest concession project for the current decade. The tender, according to recent statements, will be activated in 2021 after the relevant studies have matured.

Remaining in the area of road-related projects, we also have the PPPs, where the inter-ministerial committee is preparing to approve the big project of Thessaloniki Flyover, the new elevated axis in the eastern part of the city’s ring road. According to Government officials, the project will be announced next September.

We are anticipate the preparation of the new tender for the extensions of Attiki Odos, which includes the maintenance-operation of the existing motorway. As it seems, the connection with Rafina, the extension of Kymis Ave., the urban tunnel Katechaki Ave.-Vouliagmenis Ave. and possibly the tunnel that will connect the area of Argyroupoli with Koropi are prioritized. However, it is not a tender that we are going to see soon.

Additionally, in the Ministry there are some other road projects that are being prepared, such as Chalkida Bypass.

Regarding railway projects, there is a great mobility for many projects. As it has been announced by ERGOSE, the projects were divided into those that will proceed through the process of the competitive dialogue and those that will proceed through NSRF.

Major visionary projects such as the new line Thessaloniki-Kavala-Xanthi, Rio-Patras, the extensions of Athens Suburban Railway to Rafina and Lavrio and the line Alexandroupoli-Ormenio, are included in the first category.

In the second category we see “known” projects such as the contract for the completion of Aigio-Rio railway section, Phase B construction works of the Athens Central Railway Stations and the electrification on Thessaloniki-Promachonas, Kiato-Aigio and Larissa-Volos sections.

What hasn’t still been shaped is a plan for the future development of Athens and Thessaloniki Metro systems. In Athens, in addition to the high-profile case of the first section of Line 4, we have at a more mature stage the extension of Line 2 to Ilion, the undergrounding of Line 1 -on Faliro-Piraeus section- and more recently the extensions to Glyfada (Line 2) and Syngrou Ave. (in order to servive SNFCC, that have been added to the agenda.

In Thessaloniki, things are more or less clear. We have the extension to the west of the city and the extension to the Airport. Here, we are waiting with interest future extensions to new locations of the metropolitan complex .

It seems that the projects for Elefsina-Yliki road axis remain out of the agenda due to implications of adjacent motorhways. The same applies for Ioannina-Kakavia, the northern extension of Ionia Motorway, due to lack of funding.

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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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