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Chinese, Russian cos out of Haifa-Nazareth light rail project

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Six consortia have handed the pre-qualifying phase of the tender for the Haifa-Nazareth light rail challenge, which is remaining led by TransIsrael and which is thanks to be done by 2027. Just one of the consortia originally consisted of Israeli company Dan, Chinese providers CREC and Shenyang, Polish firm PESA, and Italian enterprise ATM. CREC has, even so, dropped out of the consortium.

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Dan has not spelled out the cause for the split, only saying, “In a joint choice and just after many months it was made the decision to do the job independently, and each individual business is doing the job in a different framework.” Infrastructure marketplace sources testify, on the other hand, that Israeli businesses are distancing on their own from Chinese organizations in bidding for infrastructure initiatives in Israel. The reason is that the ringing disqualification of Chinese businesses that competed with Egged and Shikun & Binui (TASE: SKBN) for the 2nd stage of the Eco-friendly Line and the Purple Line in the Gush Dan mild rail venture led to a reconsideration of the involvement of companies from China.

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In response to the assert of the NTA – Metropolitan Mass Transit Process Ltd. tenders committee that the bid that it submitted was unrealistically reduced, the disqualified consortium argued in its charm from the conclusion that the disqualification was inspired by illegitimate factors, among the them pressure by the US on Israel.

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Also early to establish a craze

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Whichever the accurate purpose for the disqualification, some Israeli providers are cooling on their relationships with Chinese associates, though it is even now too early to know irrespective of whether this is the commence of a craze.

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There has been a transform in a different consortium bidding for the Haifa-Nazareth project as effectively. Russian business transportation engineering JSC Transmashholding has determined to go away the consortium consisting of Israeli corporation Lesico and two Spanish firms.

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The identical Russian organization bid in the tender for the Jerusalem Light Rail Blue Line in a consortium with Dan, and dropped out of that tender much too.

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In the meantime, the submission of bids for the Jerusalem tender has once more been postponed. It was at first owing to have got underway in the 3rd quarter of 2020, but was delayed. In April, bidding was postponed to the end of June, and it has now been postponed to August 9.

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Dan clarifies the withdrawal of JSC Transmashholding from the Blue Line tender as staying owing to the war in Ukraine. “Mainly because of the continued combating in Ukraine, the Russian businesses resolved to depart the tender. Dan acceded to their ask for, and has found various firms that will change the Russian providers that sought to withdraw,” the business reported in a assertion. “Globes” has realized that just one of these organizations is Korean.

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At any price, the alterations following the end of the pre-qualifying phase are getting designed attainable by the willingness of the tenders committee to wait for the bids right up until a additional examination of the new players joining the tender is carried out.

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It is not uncommon for there to be adjustments in consortia at this phase, but the changes are liable to hold off execution of the challenge, and also to harm competing consortia that have worked on submission of their bids in accordance with the timetable.

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TransIsrael mentioned: “TransIsrael has not up to now obtained any formal notification of alterations in the composition of the competing consortia or of a withdrawal.”

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The Ministry of Finance mentioned: “The submission of bids in the Blue Line tender was postponed for a amount of weeks in the light-weight of requests from a number of of the bidders.”

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Printed by Globes, Israel business information – en.globes.co.il – on Could 31, 2022.

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