A consortium,including Turkish companies Limak and YAPI MERKEZİ and Korean companies Daelim and SK, likely to win 1915 Çanakkale bridge bid

A consortium,including Turkish companies Limak and YAPI MERKEZİ and Korean companies Daelim and SK, likely to win 1915 Çanakkale bridge bid :Turkey’s highway authority has received bids from four international consortiums to build, operate and maintain a new TL 10-billion ($2.61 billion) suspension bridge over the Dardanelles (Çanakkale) Strait, the authority said yesterday. A Turkish and South Korean consortium, including Turkish companies Limak and Yapı Merkezi and Korean companies Daelim and SK, has committed to the shortest term; five and a half years to build and almost 11 years to operate after construction. The consortium offered TL 10.3 billion. The official announcement was not made when Daily Sabah went to print, but the consortium is likely to win in reference to a statement by a top official. Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications minister, Ahmet Arslan, said that, since the Turkish-South Korean consortium offered the shortest building term, they are most likely to win. The 1915 Çanakkale Suspension Bridge will be the world’s longest bridge with a central span of 2,023 meters (6,637 feet) in accordance with the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey. The suspension bridge will be built between the Lapseki and Gelibolu districts of Çanakkale so as not to disturb the archaeological sites in the region. The 45-kilometer-long (28-mile-long) highway, spanning a route from the district of Gelibolu to Malkara in Tekirdağ, will be constructed as part of the bridge’s bidding as well, and the road will later be connected to the Istanbul-İzmir Highway in the Savaştepe district of Balıkesir and exit from Kınalı in the north.

The highway project, which includes the Çanakkale Strait Bridge, is another highway to connect Europe and Asia. Upon completion of the project, Balıkesir and Çanakkale will be connected via the highway, stretching from the Çanakkale Bridge to Tekirdağ before reaching the Kapıkule border gate. Completion of the highway will form a ring in the Marmara region, easing Istanbul’s heavy traffic, lowering transportation costs and offering more convenient transportation routes from the Çanakkale province to the Aegean region.

Turkey has been working to build giant infrastructure projects across the country to boost economic growth, including Istanbul’s third airport with a capacity of up to 200 million passengers a year. In 2015, Turkey raised the bar with the financial closure of seven projects totaling a record $44.7 billion, according to the World Bank Group.

A total of four mega-projects are currently under construction: Istanbul’s third airport, the Gebze-Halkalı commuter train link in Istanbul, the Ovit tunnel in northeastern Anatolia and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway.

Last year Turkey opened a third bridge over the Bosporus Strait, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, named for a 16th century sultan known for his expansion of the Ottoman Empire, plus the world’s fourth-longest suspension bridge over İzmit Bay, the Osman Gazi Bridge, and the Eurasia Tunnel, which is an underground road tunnel linking Istanbul’s European and Asian sides.

The following are the four consortiums bidding for the build-operate-transfer (BOT) project:

1.Daelim (South Korea) – Limak – SK (South Korea) – Yapı Merkezi OGG (Turkey)

2.IHI (Japan) – Itochu (Japan) – Join (Japan)-Makyol (Turkey)-Nurol (Turkey) – Japon Express Way (Japan) OGG

3.Cengiz (Turkey) – Kolin (Turkey) – CRBC (China) OGG4. IC Ictas (Turkey) – Astaldi (Italia) OGG

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