ISTANBUL – Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co., Itochu Corp. and Chinese builders are among companies that may bid for a $5 billion contract to build a network of roads and a suspension bridge across Turkey’s Dardanelles waterway, according to people familiar with the matter.
At least five bidding groups may compete in the Jan. 26 auction, the people said, asking not to be identified because participant details are confidential. Turkey’s transport ministry invited proposals from contractors in October for the construction of an alternative route to Europe to bypass congested traffic across Istanbul’s Bosporus strait.
Itochu will team up with Japan’s IHI Corp., Turkey’s Nurol Holding AS and Makyol Insaat AS in the bidding, two of the people said. Hyundai, Italy’s Astaldi SpA, IC Ictas Insaat AS and Kalyon Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret AS is another group considering a bid, three people said. Sichuan Road and Bridge Co. of China is also planning to bid with local partners, two people said.
Turkey’s Cengiz Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret AS may bid with China’s Road and Bridge International Co. Ltd., or CRBC, and Kolin Insaat Turizm Sanayi ve Ticaret AS, two people said. SK Engineering & Construction Co. and Daelim Industrial Co. have joined with Limak Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret AS and Yapi Merkezi Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret AS, two people said.
Bidding groups have to commit 100 million lira ($27 million) to participate in the auction, according to the terms. The auction date could be postponed to meet demands from some of the companies, one of the people said. The companies will build, operate and eventually transfer the infrastructure to the government at the end of the contract.
A spokesperson for Astaldi, who asked not to be identified in line with company policy, said the Rome-based company hasn’t decided on whether to participate in the auction.
A Hyundai spokesman said it is working with partners to prepare for a bid in the project, without elaborating.
A spokesman for Itochu said the company is considering bidding in the project and working on details.
An executive at Sichuan Road and Bridge confirmed the company’s interest in the project, declining to give further information.
Spokesmen at SK Engineering, Daelim, IHI, CRBC, Limak, IC Ictas Cengiz, Nurol, Kolin, Kalyon, Yapi Merkezi declined to comment.