Workers prepare heavy machinery at the access road to a future bridge between inland and the southern Croatian peninsula of Peljesac, at the village of Brijesta, Oct 24, 2007. (STRINGER / AFP)
ZAGREB - A Chinese consortium led by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) has won the bidding for the construction of the first phase of Peljesac bridge and its access roads, a major infrastructure project in Croatian history, local road operator Harvatske Ceste (Croatian Roads) announced on Friday.
Of the three bids submitted, the Chinese consortium was selected with a bidding price of 2.08 billion kuna (US$340 million) without VAT
"Of the three bids submitted for the award of a public procurement contract, the bidding community was selected -- China Road and Bridge Corporation, CCCC Highway Consultants, CCCC Second Highway Engineering and CCCC Second Harbor Engineering with a bidding price of 2.08 billion kuna (US$340 million) without VAT and the construction period of 36 months," Croatian Roads said.
Spanning over 2,000-meter-long, the cable-stayed bridge project is estimated at over 400 million euros (US$485 million) and partially sponsored by European Union fund. It was opened for bidding in September 2017.
It had also attracted Austria's Strabag, whose offer was 2.62 billion kuna excluding VAT, and a joint offer of 2.55 billion kuna excluding VAT by the Italian company Astaldi and Turkey's IC Ictas (1 kuna = 0.16 US dollars).
Map locates proposed Peljesac bridge in Croatia that would allow Croats to avoid transport delays in the Bosnian town of Neum.
Crossing the Mali Ston Bay over the Adriatic Sea, the Peljesac bridge connects the southernmost Dubrovnik-Neretva County to the mainland, giving Croatia a land link that bypasses the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Croatia has been brooding over the idea of a Peljesac bridge for almost two decades.