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Consortium led by Astaldi to build Main Line 5 for EUR 215 M

Metrorex has selected the consortium made up of Astaldi (Italy), FCC (Spain), Delta ACM and AB Construct (Romania) in order to build the Raul Doamnei – Hasdeu subway segment (Main Line 5) in 25 months’ time for EUR 215 M, however Aktor (Greece) has attacked the tender, Money.ro informs. The information was confirmed by the Italian Group that has a participation of 39 per cent within the consortium. Astaldi points out that the construction works may start in the second half of the year. Apart from the consortium led by Astaldi, bids were also filed by the consortium made up of Dogus (Turkey) – Gulermak (Turkey) – Moscovskii Metrostoi (Russia) – Salini (Italy) – RON 1.076 bln and a construction time of 22 months, by Strabag (Austria) – Straco Group (Romania) – RON 1.94 bln and a construction time of 30 months, and by Aktor Group (Greece) – RON 1.009 bln and a construction time of 25 months. The prices do not include VAT. The construction of the main line will be financed from the budget and the European Investment Bank. 18 consortiums and companies filed bids, 6 of them pre-qualified and in the end only 4 ended up filing final bids.


Meanwhile, if everything goes as planned, subway stations ‘Pajura’ and ‘Park Bazilescu’ will become operational early this summer. This means that one could go from 1 Mai to Park Bazilescu in only five minutes. Metrorex estimates that Main Line 4 subway stations ‘Laminorului’ and ‘Zarea’ could be finished by 2015, ‘Adevarul’ daily informs. There are also plans to extend Main Line 4 to Gara Progresul (Berceni) by adding subway stations ‘Hasdeu,’ ‘Palace of Parliament,’ ‘National Cathedral’ and ‘Revolution’s Heroes.’ However for the time being there are no feasibility studies for these plans. According to Gheorghe Udriste, general manager Metrorex, the costs of finalizing subway stations ‘Pajura’ and ‘Park Bazilescu’ will total RON 75-80 M, being covered from the state budget.

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