Who’s to build access route to Kerch bridge? Rotenberg, again

Who’s to build access route to Kerch bridge? Rotenberg, again
Arkady Rotenberg Photo: Mikhail Metzel / TASS / Scanpix

Two tenders have resulted in no one willing to build a 17-billion-ruble railway track.

Arkady Rotenberg’s Stroygazmontazh is to become the contractor for building of railway tracks leading to the bridge across the Kerch Strait. The news will be announced this week, Kommersant wrote. The company that is also in charge of the bridge construction has been picked after no other contractor was to be found, the Ministry of Transport confirmed. Especially given the fact that Stroygazmontazh has established a good reputation: the Kerch bridge is being constructed within the schedule, and in some respects even ahead of it.

As we remember, in early 2015 Rotenberg had also been the only contender for the bridge construction. The total cost of the project is estimated at 223 billion rubles allocated under the federal target program. The car traffic on the bridge is due to start in late 2018 and the railway traffic is expected in 2019.

Railways of Yakutia was the only company that expressed their will to build the 18-km-long access route but it was not prequalified in September, when the tender was first announced. When in late December another tender was open, there were no applications at all. Analysts say that the lack of interest in the project can be associated with its low price, less than 17 billion rubles, with no regard to the contractor’s risk of sanctions and the weak technical base.

The Government admitted that the order could not be called particularly profitable and it makes sense that Stroygazmontazh also undertakes it as "obviously, no one wants to build a bridge leading nowhere". Especially since the company has all the necessary infrastructure for the construction nearby.

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