Upgrade contract from PKP PLK
A consortium led by Spanish construction company Dragados has won a rail modernisation tender launched by Poland’s state-owned railway operator PKP PLK. The consortium submitted the lowest bid of PLN 312.5 million ($103 million).
Dragados will overhaul a 16 km rail connection between Pruszcz Gdanski and Gdansk Northern Port in the country’s northern Pomorskie region. The firm is to perform the contract in cooperation with two other Spanish companies, Vias y Construcciones and Electren. All works are scheduled to be completed 24 months following the awarding of the deal.
Other bidders in the latest tender included Italy's Astali and a consortium formed by two Polish companies, Trakcja PRKiT and PPMT, and Spain's Comsa. The three consortia were allowed to participate in the tender following a pre-selection phase in which nine bids were submitted to PKP PLK.
Under the plan, the rail upgrade is designed to significantly increase the trains’ maximum speed and expand the line’s rail traffic capacity threefold.
Earlier this year, Andrzej Pawlowski, deputy chief executive of PKP PLK, told local news agency PAP that the company is aiming to modernise and overhaul close to 2,000 km of rail tracks in 2014, compared with some 1,200 km upgraded a year earlier. The investments are expected to be worth about PLN 5 billion ($1.65 billion), according to Pawlowski.
Based in Madrid, Spain, Dragados operates a subsidiary in Poland.
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