The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) has canceled a bidding package worth over VND35.2 trillion (US$1.5 billion) to design, construct, and install equipment in the passenger terminal of the mammoth Long Thanh Airport International Airport project in southern Dong Nai Province.
An ACV representative confirmed the information on Sunday, saying that package 5.10 is the biggest bidding in the passenger terminal of the first phase of the big-ticket airport project.
The package belongs to the third component – major facilities – of the airport project.
According to ACV, the package was planned to be conducted in 990 days, or 33 months, including weekends, holidays, and the Lunar New Year, or Tet, holiday, from the date the package’s contract takes effect.
In October this year, ACV held a conference to invite tenders for package 5.10, attracting the participation of 10 contractors from Germany, Japan, South Korea, China, and Vietnam.
However, when the bidding ended on November 8, only one contractor submitted its bidding documents.
As a result, the time for the submission of bidding dossiers was extended to November 23, local media reported.
However, all bidding dossiers failed to meet the requirements as per Item 1, Article 17 of the Bidding Law, resulting in ACV’s cancelation of the bidding.
ACV has asked contractors to get back their dossiers.
It will open another competitive international tender for the package and the process may take at least 45 days, according to Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper.
The Long Thanh International Airport project, located some 40 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, will cover around 5,000 hectares of land and was designed to have an annual capacity of 100 million passengers and five million tons of cargo.
Once in place, it will be the largest airport in the nation.
The under-construction airport project is expected to ease pressure on the overcrowded Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
The project needs an estimated investment of some VND336.63 trillion ($14.2 billion).
Of the total, VND114.45 trillion ($4.8 billion) will be poured into the first phase, in which a runway, a passenger terminal, and other supporting facilities will be developed to handle 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tons of cargo per year.
The phase is expected to be completed in 2025 at the latest.