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Kóka asks NA to reappraise motorway offers

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Economy Minister János Kóka has asked Hungary's National Motorway Zrt (NA) to the offers submitted in a tender to build a stretch of the M7 motorway after NA disqualified four of the six participants. Kóka noted that some suspect participants bid unrealistically low in the tender in order to win more contracts later on. After disqualifying the four bidders, NA proposed the Betonút-Vegyépszer consortium for the project, as it had submitted the lowest of the two remaining bids, offering to complete the stretch for Ft 41.4 billion. Kóka said the state had saved some Ft 25 billion by announcing a second, price-negotiating round of the tender. In the second round, most of the bidders lowered their offers compared to the first round. In the first round, a consortium of Austria's Granit and Slovakia's Doprastav submitted the lowest bid of Ft 41.74 billion. The second-lowest bid was submitted by Strabag Zrt and Hídépítő Zrt, with an offer of Ft 45.8 billion, while a consortium of Swietelsky and Bilfinger made a bid of Ft 46.26 billion. Vegyépszer and Betonút made an offer of Ft 46.29 billion. A consortium of Voadom, Parr, Terrag and Asdag bid Ft 48.84 billion and Colas Ft 49.9 billion. The stretch was scheduled to have been completed by December 2007, but the delays because of the tender procedure could push the deadline back until 2008. (Napi Gazdaság, Magyar HÍrlap)

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