Bulgaria plans to announce by the end of 2016 tenders worth over BGN 2 billion (EUR 1 bn) for railway infrastructure construction, engineering and design projects, stated Maria Chakarova, director of Strategic Development and Investment Projects in the National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC), at a local conference. Funding will be provider under EU’s Operational Programme Transport and Infrastructure 2014 – 2020 and Connected Europe Facility (CEF).
Next month NRIC will announced the tender for the construction of Bulgaria’s longest tunnel on the line between Elin Pelin and Kostenets. The value of the project to be carried out between 2017-2021 is estimated at BGN 904 million.
Ten tunnels with a total length of over 21 kilometers will be constructed along the 50.7 kilometer long railway section between Elin Pelin and Kostenets. The longest double-track tunnel has 14 km and is designed for speeds of 160 km/h for passenger trains and 120 km/for freight trains.
In addition, tenders worth BGN 348 million will be announced for the 24.5 km long Kostenets – Septemvri railway section modernisation.
In December, tenders worth BGN 630 million for the modernisation of various sections of Plovdiv – Burgas will be launched. Projects will include installation of telecommunication systems, ETCS and interlocking in 18 stations and the modernisation of Yambol – Zimnica rail section. In November, a tender for OLE works on Zimnitsa – Straldzha will also be launched. In addition, BGN 27 million will be allocated for the modernisation of six railway stations along Sofia – Plovdiv route (Karnobat, Poduyane, Iskar, Kazichene, Stara Zagora and Nova Zagora).
According to Chakarova, BGN 204 million will be directed towards the modernisation of the 1o km long Sofia – Voluyak railway line located on the Orient/East Mediterranean Corridor. Works will include ERTMS deployment and the upgrading of lines in Sofia’s Central railway station. Tenders for construction and supervision of construction services contracts are to be announced before the end the year.