Second Railway Track Divaca-Port of Koper

Second Railway Track Divaca-Port of Koper

The Divaca–Koper track is important for the international railway freight transport, as the existing track represents a bottleneck on two core European railway corridors. The cargo port of Koper links the hinterland Slovenian and European economies with countries overseas. The length of the track is fairly small (27km) but the landscape poses many problems (difficult terrain, environmental constraints and more than 400m of altitude difference). The track will require the building of eight tunnels (effectively making 75% of the track length in tunnels), two viaducts, two bridges and one gallery.

The total project costs are currently estimated at EUR 1.2 billion. The estimated capital needed to finance 2TDK from the state budget is EUR 400 million. EUR 250 million will come from non-repayable European grants and EUR 250 million – from the European Investment Bank loan. EUR 167 million will be obtained by loans from commercial banks and another EUR 122 million with additional raises in highway fees. The project is being managed by 2TDK, a special purpose vehicle in 100% state ownership. In May 2019, 2TDK and the Slovenian government signed the concession agreement for the building and managing of the second railway track between Divača and Koper. 2TDK has so far selected the contractors for the project documentation for the construction of the second track Divača-Koper and for the construction of access roads (the latter is ongoing). In February 2020, 2TDK signed an annex with the selected construction company Kolektor CPG for additional work in the amount of EUR 0.55 million.

In December 2019, the National Assembly approved a guarantee law for the construction of the third development axis and the second track. According to the law, a state guarantee will be given to up to EUR 417 million.

The two most important tenders for the construction (with an aggregate value of approximately EUR 700 million) were published in the end of 2019.

A restricted procurement procedure has been chosen (i.e. a two-phase procedure: only the candidates pre-selected in phase 1 as having the requisite level of professional, technical and financial expertise and capacity are invited to submit tenders in phase 2). The deadline to submit requests to participate in the procedure was January 17, 2020, and 15 consortiums have applied.

The following 10 bidders have been admitted to phase 2: China State Construction Engineering Corporation; a consortium of Slovenian Kolektor CPG and Turkish Yapi Merkezi Insaat and Ozaltin Insaat; Turkish Cengiz Insaat;  China Communications Construction Company; a consortium of Turkish Ic Ictas Insaat and Bosnian Euro-Asfalt; a consortium of Slovenian Gorenjska Gradbena Družba and CGP and Czech Metrostav; a consortium of Turkish YDA Insaat and Unitek Insaat; China Railway Group; a consortium of Austrian Strabag, German Ed. Zublin AG and Turkish Gulermak; a consortium of China Gezhouba Group and Slovenian Ginex International.

Two of the non-selected bidders have filed a request for the review, which will delay a further selection procedure.

2TDK has recently published a tender for the supervision and other engineering services in the construction of the second track. The deadline for submitting bids is 1 June  2020, while the upper value of the contract is limited to EUR 18.9 million

 

The Divaca–Koper track is important for the international railway freight transport, as the existing track represents a bottleneck on two core European railway corridors. The cargo port of Koper links the hinterland Slovenian and European economies with countries overseas. The length of the track is fairly small (27km) but the landscape poses many problems (difficult terrain, environmental constraints and more than 400m of altitude difference). The track will require the building of eight tunnels (effectively making 75% of the track length in tunnels), two viaducts, two bridges and one gallery.

The total project costs are currently estimated at EUR 1.2 billion. The estimated capital needed to finance 2TDK from the state budget is EUR 400 million. EUR 250 million will come from non-repayable European grants and EUR 250 million – from the European Investment Bank loan. EUR 167 million will be obtained by loans from commercial banks and another EUR 122 million with additional raises in highway fees. The project is being managed by 2TDK, a special purpose vehicle in 100% state ownership. In May 2019, 2TDK and the Slovenian government signed the concession agreement for the building and managing of the second railway track between Divača and Koper. 2TDK has so far selected the contractors for the project documentation for the construction of the second track Divača-Koper and for the construction of access roads (the latter is ongoing). In February 2020, 2TDK signed an annex with the selected construction company Kolektor CPG for additional work in the amount of EUR 0.55 million.

In December 2019, the National Assembly approved a guarantee law for the construction of the third development axis and the second track. According to the law, a state guarantee will be given to up to EUR 417 million.

The two most important tenders for the construction (with an aggregate value of approximately EUR 700 million) were published in the end of 2019.

A restricted procurement procedure has been chosen (i.e. a two-phase procedure: only the candidates pre-selected in phase 1 as having the requisite level of professional, technical and financial expertise and capacity are invited to submit tenders in phase 2). The deadline to submit requests to participate in the procedure was January 17, 2020, and 15 consortiums have applied.

The following 10 bidders have been admitted to phase 2: China State Construction Engineering Corporation; a consortium of Slovenian Kolektor CPG and Turkish Yapi Merkezi Insaat and Ozaltin Insaat; Turkish Cengiz Insaat;  China Communications Construction Company; a consortium of Turkish Ic Ictas Insaat and Bosnian Euro-Asfalt; a consortium of Slovenian Gorenjska Gradbena Družba and CGP and Czech Metrostav; a consortium of Turkish YDA Insaat and Unitek Insaat; China Railway Group; a consortium of Austrian Strabag, German Ed. Zublin AG and Turkish Gulermak; a consortium of China Gezhouba Group and Slovenian Ginex International.

Two of the non-selected bidders have filed a request for the review, which will delay a further selection procedure.

2TDK has recently published a tender for the supervision and other engineering services in the construction of the second track. The deadline for submitting bids is 1 June  2020, while the upper value of the contract is limited to EUR 18.9 million