The construction of the Brasov-Bors segment of the Transilvania motorway has been mothballed for indefinite duration, as the American contractor Bechtel has to recover EUR 156 M from Romanian authorities and the Ministry of Transport did not keep its promise to pay its debt in the first quarter of the year, Evenimentul Zilei reports. All these drawbacks resulted in Bechtel starting to relocate its heavy machines to construction sites in Kosovo and Oman. Two months ago, the US constructor hired a company of Campia Turzii to move its machines from Savadisla and Chiribis to the port of Constanta, where they were loaded on a ferryboat and transported to Oman.
Tamas Gebe, the mayor of Savadisla commune, Cluj County – the largest Bechtel site of the whole project – said that 50 heavy machines were relocated to Kosovo. According to official announcements, Bechtel won an auction in Oman for the construction of a new terminal of the Muscat Airport, with an investment of USD 1.8 bln. In Romania, Becthel charged EUR 16 M for one kilometer of motorway. The communication manager of Bechtel in Romania, Bogdan Sgarcitu neither confirmed, nor denied the news about relocating the heavy machinery. “We neither confirm, nor deny it, but anything is possible,” Sgarcitu said.