Ten foreign companies have until 15 February 2020 to present their project for the rehabilitation of the Tirana-Durrës railway section.
The rail link will meet all citizens who prefer to travel by train and those who want to save time, since the distance to be traveled will also be reduced. Meanwhile, the infrastructure ministry has announced the preliminary fares for the journey, which fluctuate from the 1,5 2 to EUR. However, the rates may undergo further changes once the winning company of the tender has been chosen.
The call for tenders for the latter was opened yesterday while a loan is planned for the project by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) from 90,5 million, in collaboration with the Albanian state.
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The deputy minister of infrastructure, Artan Shkreli, revealed some of the details of the project, which includes the construction of a new railway line, by Report TV.
"There will also be a new railway line, which does not exist today, from Kashar a Rinas. Now 10 is competing for 25 companies that have entered the preliminary phase. We will need 20 months to finish the project and other 4 for its testing."- said Shkreli.
Unlike in the past, the winning company of the tender will be responsible for any problems that will arise in the future, from additional costs to technical details.
"The winning company is responsible for the project and all its variations. So we give goals and conditions, but the entire liability for unforeseen or extra costs is from the non-state winning company."- adds Shkreli.
The latter also stated that work is underway for the electrification of the railway, which will require additional funding:
"We will review the terms for the electrification of this railway section, which will mean an addition of 9 / 10 million euros to the existing project that will be joined to the Albanian railway network."- concludes the deputy minister of infrastructure.
After the deadline of the announcement, the infrastructure ministry and the EBRD will examine the projects of the companies and within 60 days they will communicate the winning project. The rehabilitation works of the Tirana-Durres railway section should have ended at the end of the 2021, while now they should be completed by the 2022.