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Tender called for land use at port considered for Audi logistics base

The Hungarian National Asset Management Company (MNV) has called a tender for rights to use land at the port of Gönyű, on the Danube, for a logistics investment.

The tender is for the use of all or part of some 16 hectares at the site for a period of 30 years.

The deadline for submitting offers in the tender is May 8. Offers are to be assessed by June 7, with the possibility of a 15-day extension. The contract on land use is expected to be signed on July 9.

Audi recently announced an almost €1 billion investment at its base in Győr (NW Hungary) that will go on line in the second half of 2013. Press reports suggest that the government is in talks with the company on building logistics capacity for the expansion at the port of Gönyű, rather than at the base in Győr.

Thomas Faustmann, who heads Audi's unit in Hungary, said early in March that Gönyű had "a good chance" of becoming the site of the company's new logistics base.

Government commissioner for foreign trade and investment Zsolt Becsey said at the end of February that the government would "ensure all conditions" for the base's construction in Gönyű.