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22.03.2018 12:15
The Energy Minister, Temenuzhka Petkova, announced the start of a public meeting for opening requests

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On 16 March, a public meeting was held in Sofia at the office of the ICGB AD project company. The meeting opened the requests for participation in the restricted procedure for line pipe manufacture and supply for the needs of the Greece-Bulgaria gas interconnector. In front of media representatives, the Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova announced the onset of the session for opening all requests submitted before the deadline. Ten participation requests have been submitted to the procurement procedure. Both Bulgarian and European countries, together with countries from other continents, expressed their interest in the project.

Requests have been submitted by the following candidates: 
1.       Jindaw SAW Ltd.
2.       JSC "Zagorsk Pipe Plant"
3.       Welspun Corp. Limited
4.       Salzgitter Mannesmann International GmbH
5.       Ноксел Челик Бору Санайи А.Ш
6.       Umran Celik Boru Sanayii A.S
7.       Erciyas Celik Boru Sanayi A.S (Erciyas Steel Pipe Co)
8.       Топливо -2 ЕООД
9.       Korinth Pipeworks S.A Pipe Industry S.A
10.     Public Joint Stock Company "Chelyabinsk Pipe Plant"
"The high interest in the tender is a proof that we have managed to guarantee public, transparent and competitive conditions for participation", Minister Petkova pointed out.
The procedure was a restricted one, which meant that it would take place at two stages - a pre-selection phase and an examining, evaluating and ranking offers phase. The project company has decided upon that type of procedure as it provides sufficient time for all stakeholders to participate. Under the current procedural order, in the first phase all applicants should submit documents to prove they fulfill the selection criteria. Offers shall be submitted only by participants who have passed the pre-selection phase. This saves the candidates’ efforts to draw up an offer and significantly reduces the administrative burden.
At the second stage of the procedure, the candidates who have passed the pre-selection phase will be sent invitations. ICGB is going to invite only five candidates for the second phase of the selection process. For the time being, the scheduled date for sending the invitations is April 20, 2018. "Participants in the second phase will be given enough time to prepare their offers," the ICGB Executive Officer for Bulgaria,Teodora Georgieva, stated. According to her, if the procedure runs smoothly, the selection of line pipes supplier is expected to be finalized by the end of June.
According to the contractual strategy adopted by ICGB, the line pipes supply is assigned separately from the main procurement contract for engineering, procurement, construction and supply of the equipment. The main procurement for the award of the construction, which will also be a limited two-phase procedure, is expected to be announced at the beginning of April. By the end of the first half of the year, the tenders for the assigning of archaeological research and construction supervision will also be announced.
“We can assure all participants that ICGB’s actions for selection of contractors will be fully transparent and all applicants will receive timely and complete information, including assistance when needed”, ICGB’s Executive Officer for Bulgaria outlined.

TAGS: public meeting | ICGB AD | gas interconnector | Bulgaria | Greece 

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