Court Confirms Greek Tie-up as Contractor on Waste-to-Biofuel Plant Project
Monday, 14 October 2013
The Supreme Administrative Court confirmed a decision by the Sofia municipal authorities to award a 213.5 million lev ($147.8 million/109.2 million euro) contract for the construction of a waste-to-biofuel plant to Greek tie-up Aktor-Helektor.
The court cancelled a decision by the country’s competition watchdog to cancel Sofia municipality's choice of contractor and hold a new tender, Capital weekly reported. The ruling cannot be appealed.
In June, two months after two other bidders for the contract - the VSM-SPH and Stanilov-Daneko consortia - filed complaints against Sofia's choice of Aktor-Helektor, the antitrust regulator overruled the municipality's decision, saying that it had disqualified one of the five bidders without proper justification.
If the project for the plant's construction had been delayed for next year, the Sofia municipality would have lost the EU funding, covering nearly 85% of the costs.
The construction works have to be completed within 19 months after the contract is signed.
The plant will treat more than three quarters of the city’s waste and will produce energy from refuse-derived fuel, which will be used for heating production by the city’s heating utility Toplofikatsiya Sofia, reducing its usage of natural gas by at least 10%.