CPC Lifts Suspension of Bulgartransgaz's 1.2 Bln Euro Gas Pipeline Tender

CPC Lifts Suspension of Bulgartransgaz's 1.2 Bln Euro Gas Pipeline Tender

Bulgaria's Atomenergoremont has withdrawn its complaint against natural gas transmission system operator Bulgartransgaz related to a tender for construction of a 484 km gas pipeline, opening the way for resumption of the tender, the country's competition authority said. The Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) will not examine the complaint submitted by the power plant equipment maintenance and repair services company and Bulgartransgaz can resume the tender, the regulator said in a statement last week.The tender for construction of the transit gas pipeline, worth an estimated 2.29 billion levs, VAT excluded, was suspended on February 14 after Atomenergoremont filed a complaint challenging Bulgartransgaz's clarifications on issues raised by persons interested in participating in the procedure. Bulgartransgaz's clarifications cover 15 questions by interested parties, mainly related to how the contract will be financed and the payment time frame. Bulgartransgaz will now have to extend the deadline for submitting offers, taking into consideration for how long the procedure was suspended. The tender is part of a larger project for building new infrastructure for transit of natural gas to Europe through a branch of TurkStream pipeline that will cross Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary. 

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