One of the largest infrastructure constructions ever in Croatia looks like being carried out by a Chinese company. The future Peljesac bridge, that will connect the Dubrovnik – Neretva County with the rest of the country, has been in the pipeline for decades but now this process is finally coming to a conclusion.
The decision as to which company will construct the bridge will be made by the 15th of January, according to a statement from the Croatian government, and there are currently three candidates in the running. The bids were open and publicly displayed in mid-September last year, which means that the decision-making process will take four months, which is the maximum allowed deadline.
The Chinese consortium, CRBC, seems almost certain to get the decision as, amongst other things made the most favourable offer.
The construction of the Pelješac bridge has resulted in three candidates. A joint offer of Astaldi and a Turkish company worth 3.19 billion Kuna, followed by Strabag with a bid of 3.28 billion Kuna and finally the Chines consortium with the lowest bid of 2.6 billion Kuna. In fact, not one of these offers meets the Croatian government’s estimation of the final cost, which was set at 1.75 billion Kuna, and this could possibly be one reason to cancel the tender. However due to the importance of this project for Croatia it is believed that the tender process will not be cancelled and that one of the three candidates will indeed be chosen.