Rehabilitation of Apata – Cata subsection, assigned to a Turkish consortium

Romanian railway infrastructure manager, CFR SA, assigned the contract for the rehabilitation of Apata – Cata subsection, part of Brasov – Sighisoara railway section, to Alsim Alarko Sanayi Tesisleri ve Ticaret A.Ș. – Makiol Inșaat Sanayi Turizm ve Ticaret A.Ș. consortium. The value of the bid was RON 2.850.163.157 (around EUR 600 million). The selected bid was by almost EUR 27 million more expensive than the first ranking bid.
Although the smallest bid was still that of RailWorks consortium (like in the case of the contract on the rehabilitation of Braşov – Apaţa and Caţa – Sighişoara subsections), the bid of the Turkish consortium for Apata – Cata, by EUR 27 million more expensive, was declared winner.
We recall that six consortia submitted bids in the tender of April 2018, for the modernisation of Apata – Cata subsection:
– RailWorks Consortium
– Pizzarotti Spa, Pizzarotti SA, IC Içtaș Inșaat Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ș. Consortium
– FCC Construcction S.A., Astaldi S.p.A., Activ Group Management SRL Consortium
– SAIPEM S.P.A. , Dogus Insaat ve Ticaret AS Consortium
– Strabag AG- Strabag SRL Consortium
– Alsim Alarko Sanayi Tesisleri ve Ticaret A.Ș. – Makiol Inșaat Sanayi Turizm ve Ticaret A.Ș. Consortium
The total estimated cost of the contract is RON 2.86 billion, VAT excluded (EUR 615.7 million), with funds coming from the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), 81.74%, and 18.26% co-financing from the State Budget.
Apata-Cata subsection, part of Brasov – Sighisoara railway section, is located on TEN-T priority axis 22 (Rhine – Danube Corridor, northern branch), Nürnberg-Prague-Vienna-Budapest-Curtici-Simeria-Brasov-Bucharest-Constanta, and the modernisation of this subsection contributes to railway infrastructure development by increasing traffic speed to 160 km/h for passenger trains and to 120 km/h for freight trains.
The modernisation of Apata – Cata section contributes to meeting the main objective of promoting sustainable mobility on Hungarian Border – Curtici – Arad – Simeria – Sighisoara – Brasov section by increasing traffic speed to 160 km/h, reducing transport duration, increasing railway safety, facilities for the access of people with reduced mobility, introduction of modern signalling and traffic management systems, improvement of comfort for passengers in railway stations.
The modernisation project on this section includes a wide range of railway works such as infrastructure, suprastructure, works of art – bridges, culverts, viaducts, tunnels, electrification and energy supply, railway telecommunications (including GSM-R), railway signalling (interlocking and ETCS Level 2) and civil engineering works in stations.

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