Tiranë Airport Rail line tenders invited

ALBANIA: Prequalified bidders have been invited to tender for a contract to modernise the existing 34·5 km railway between Durrës and the Tiranë Public Transport Terminal and construct a 5 km link to the international airport at Rinas. Both routes should be equipped with ETCS Level 1, with provision for Level 2.

The project is being financed by national railway HSH using a €36·9m loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, and up to €35·5m in grants from the Western Balkan Investment Fund initiative of the EU, financial institutions and donors.

A two-stage tendering process is being used. The first stage comprises the submission by January 15 of technical proposals without prices, along with any changes from the requirements of the tender documents which the contractors suggest.

The second stage would then involve the submission of updated technical proposals revised to accommodate any changes to the requirements, along with commercial offers.