New tender for Izmit Bay crossing

20 October 2000

The State Highways Directorate (KGM) has invited the original bidders for the Izmit Bay crossing project to resubmit their bids by 30 November.

Earlier efforts to carry out the estimated $1,800 million project were blocked by legal obstacles. However, these obstacles have been removed following changes to the constitution in 1999 and the early-2000 passage of a new international arbitration law (MEED 4:2:00).

Three consortia took part in the original tender in 1997 (MEED 16:5:97). A team of UKbased, Japanese and local contractors was declared the preferred bidder. The consortium is understood to have questioned KGM's decision to reopen the tender.

The build-operate-transfer (BOT) project will link Gebze on the Izmit Bay with Orhangazi near Bursa. The work includes building a 2,808-metre suspension bridge with approach viaducts, and more than 40 kilometres of three-lane highway.

The Izmit Bay bidders

The AJT consortium: UK/ Norwegian Kvaerner Construction, the local Enka Insaat, and Marubeni Corporation, Itochu Corporat ion , IshikawajimaHarima Heavy Industries (IHI), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and NKK Corporation, all of Japan The BV consortium: France's Bouygues and the local Vinsan The IBKO consortium: the local Tekfen and Dogus, with France's Campenon Bernard and Trans route International, Italy's Impregilo, Germany's Bilfinger & Berger and Spain's Dragados & Construcciones

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