The project, which was estimated to have a value of around €297m and is one of the country’s largest recent infrastructure projects, is being 85% funded by the European Union under the Connecting Europe Fund (CEF) as the line is considered an important part of the wider European network.

The 10 tenders, which will now be judged on their economic benefit, are:

  • Yapi Merkezi and Kolektor Koling: Kuna 2.8bn ($US 432.3m)
  • Comsa and General Construction Ferroviarie (GCF): Kuna 3bn
  • Strabag and RŽD International: Kuna 2.9bn
  • China Tiesiju Civil Engineering and China Railway Electrification Engineering: Kuna 2.8bn
  • Cengiz Insaat: Kuna 2.4bn
  • Copasa: Kuna 3.5bn
  • Rizzani de Eccher and SŽ - Ljubljana City Railway Company: Kuna 2.8bn
  • Sinohydro Corporation: Kuna 2.4bn
  • Avax: Kuna 2.8bn, and
  • Div Grupa, Integral Engineering and TSS Grade: Kuna 2.5bn

The project will increase capacity and line speeds, as well as improve safety, and will be further enhanced by the €315m Hrvatski Leskovac - Karlovac improvement project, which is due to be tendered by the end of the year.

Together, the projects form part of the Mediterranean corridor, which runs from the Hungarian border through the capital Zagreb to the port at Rijeka.

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