Bridge auction canceled

The tender was canceled when no company participated in the tender for the North Marmara Motorway, which includes the third bridge to be built in the Bosphorus, which will cost 6 billion dollars and be built with the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model.

The chairman of the tender commission İhsan Akbıyık said that there was no bidder at 14.00 and that the Commission's decision would be forwarded to the upper authorities. Akbıyık said, “Our work will continue with the guidance of our ministers.”

Akbıyık continued: “As the Tender Commission, we are not the decision-making authority. The only thing we can say as the contracting authority is that the offer was not received at 14.00. A tender without a bid ended at 14.00 ”

Akbıyık was reminded by the Minister of Transport Yıldırım's words, "What is your plan B?" Akbıyık said, “We will be directed at the discretion of our Minister. As a commission, we do not have discretion, ”replied.

Information was received that 18 companies will not participate in the tender, during which 5 companies received tender specifications. Officials of some of these companies stated that the ongoing financial crisis in Europe restricted project financing opportunities and increased costs, so there is a high probability of not receiving offers from other investors.

“The ongoing crisis in Europe, the USA's efforts to get out of the crisis, the difficulties in China and Japan make it difficult to find funding for this project,” said a senior company official who told Reuters. There is no problem in the specification, but there is a shortage of time to find financing. We do not expect to receive offers from other companies for the tender, ”he said.


Binali Yıldırım, the Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, who answered the questions of the journalists in the morning, said that there was no postponement before the tender and the plan B would be put in place if there were no offers.

Yıldırım stated that there was no delay regarding the third bridge tender, saying, “Today the offer came, it came. We evaluate and decide. Even if the offer does not come, nothing will change. We decide again, we put our second plan into action. ”


Yıldırım also stated that there is no project definition related to the 3rd bridge yet, “We do not have a preliminary acceptance that the project is double-storey, single-storey. Our requirement is this; both road vehicles and railway vehicles will pass over the bridge to be built. There are also double-storeys in the world, and there are projects that solve the same job on one floor. ”

"Turkey is in crisis, why not," they may be in crisis "

Minister Yıldırım, "will be forced to find a company that will enter into contracts of financing" while on a question that he said:

“The drug of the crisis is investment. We said this in the 2008 crisis, we said this in 2009. Now they have a crisis in Turkey. There is a clear recession in Europe, there is a crisis. For this, the leading countries of the EU are trying to take measures. Turkey thank Allah very strong financial system. It is not at risk of a crisis. If anything, 'Why did the crisis in Turkey, "they may be in crisis. They're sorry ... Turkey is a country that knows how to deal with the crisis. He has shown this over the past 9 years, and will continue to do so. ”


The project was first disclosed in March 8 2011 has been declared and the build-operate-transfer model with 23 2011 in the tender will be made in August. The tender date 10 was postponed to January 2012 after the firms that purchased the specifications for the project tender demanded postponement. 3 to the Istanbul Bosphorus. Turkey has the second largest bridge Build-Operate-Transfer project at the location. investor expropriation obligation in the project, was pulled from the 950 400 million pounds million pounds.

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