Sunday, October 14, 2018

Nepal Army shortlists six firms to build bridges along Express Way

The Nepali Army (NA) today shortlisted six international contractors for construction of 62 high-arch bridges along the 76.2-km-long Kathmandu-Tarai-Madhesh Expressway.
Asking the interested companies to submit their proposals based on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model, the army had called a global tender bid to submit the proposal for the construction of the bridges on April 5.
According to the army, five Chinese firms and one Turkish construction company have been selected in the initial phase. The shortlisted companies are China State Construction Engineering Corporation, Hunan Road and Bridge Construction Group Company, China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corporation, COVEC-CREGC Joint Venture and Longjian Road and Bridge Company Limited of China, and Dogus Insaat Ve Ticaret AS & Makyol Insaat Sanayi Turizm Ve Ticaret AS Joint Venture of Turkey.
"According to the tender notice, the company that has been selected will be responsible for building 62 bridges out of the 99 bridges," NA spokesperson Brigadier General Gokul Bhandari said, adding that the remaining bridges will be built by the Nepal Army. "The selected firm will be responsible for the design, planning, engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the high-arch bridges."
The Nepali Army will further study the technical and financial proposals of the six shortlisted companies and will soon select the best company.
Earlier, the Nepali Army had decided to award the contract to conduct the detailed project report (DPR) of the Expressway to a South Korean joint venture company called Yooshin and Pyunghwa on September 19. The Korean joint venture company will submit the DPR by February, and the project is expected to be completed four years after the DPR has been submitted.
The Nepali Army has been assigned the responsibility to construct the Expressway, which it has separated into three segments. Out of the 76.2-km-long expressway, it plans to construct 17-km on its own, hire dependable Nepali contractors for 37-km of the stretch and sign up foreign contractors for the remaining 22.2-km of tunnel and bridge sections.

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