By Sandy Guthrie04 September 2012
Five prequalification tender applications had been made for the privatisation of a number of Turkish bridges and highways by the time a revised deadline of yesterday, 3 September, elapsed.
The tenders have come from Vinci Concessions Holding plus four joint ventures - Zorlu Holding and OHL Concesiones; Nurol Holding, MV Holding, Alsim Alarko Sanayi Tesisleri ve Ticaret, Kalyon İnşaat Sanayi ve Ticaret, and Fernas İnşaat; Autostrade Per I'Italia, Doğus Holding, Makyol İnşaat Sanayi Turizm ve Ticaret, and Akfen Holding; Koç Holding, UEM Group Berhad, and Gözde Girişim Sermayesi Yatırım Ortaklığı.
The contracts are for the construction, maintenance, repair and operation, together with access roads, of two bridges - the Bosphorus Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and ring motorway.
There will also be various motorways. These include the Edirne-İstanbul-Ankara, Pozantı-Tarsus-Mersin, Tarsus-Adana-Gaziantep, Toprakkale-İskenderun, Gaziantep-Şanlıurfa, İzmir-Çeşme, and İzmir-Aydın roads, plus the İzmir and Ankara ring motorway.
The roads and bridges are being privatised in a single package covering 25 years, and include the service facilities, maintenance and operating facilities, and fee collection centres.
The prequalification date was delayed until 3 September. The final bidding date, which had been 9 August, is now 31 October, 2012.