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Investor explains 2 consortiums’ failure in bid for Long Thanh airport terminal in southern Vietnam

Investor explains 2 consortiums’ failure in bid for Long Thanh airport terminal in southern Vietnam

Sunday, August 27, 2023, 11:05 GMT+7
Investor explains 2 consortiums’ failure in bid for Long Thanh airport terminal in southern Vietnam
Work on the passenger terminal at the Long Thanh International Airport project in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam will start right after the signing of a contract between the ACV and the Vietur contractor consortium. Photo: A Loc / Tuoi Tre

The Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), the investor of the Long Thanh International Airport project in southern Dong Nai Province, has revealed reasons for the failure of two consortiums in a bid for a package to construct the airport’s passenger terminal.

The ACV on Thursday announced that the Vietur consortium led by Turkey’s IC Ictas won package 5.10 worth VND35 trillion (US$1.5 billion), belonging to the third component—essential facilities—of the first phase of the airport project.

In other words, two other consortiums bidding for the package, namely the Hoa Lu consortium headed by Vietnamese construction firm Coteccons and the consortium of CHEC-BCEG-Vietnam Contractors led by China Harbour Engineering, were not chosen.

The ACV explained that Hoa Lu’s technical proposal failed to meet the requirements on materials, mechanical and electrical equipment, and terminal equipment.

The consortium’s technical proposal and attached documents for terminal equipment did not reach the minimum score.

In particular, the baggage handling system is a key component in a passenger terminal, which decides the capacity of the terminal.

However, Hoa Lu’s proposal for the baggage handling system did not follow technical instructions and the design in bidding documents.

The ACV pointed out seven differences in Hoa Lu’s proposal compared with the design.

Moreover, some aviation security screening equipment proposed by Hoa Lu did not satisfy the criteria on parameters, functions, and technical standards or got no certificates of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.

Meanwhile, 18 members of the personnel of the consortium of CHEC-BCEG-Vietnam Contractors failed to meet the requirements in capability of the ACV.

Its technical proposal also did not hit the minimum scores for construction supplies, materials, mechanical and electrical equipment, terminal equipment, and construction solutions.

Vietur won the passenger terminal package at a price of over VND27.8 trillion ($1.2 billion) and $338,800. It planned to complete the package within 39 months.

The ACV asked Vietur to contact it to sign a contract between August 25 and 30.

Work on the package will start right after the signing of the contract.

The 5.10 is the largest package requiring the most complicated techniques and the longest execution time of the third component of the Long Thanh International Airport project.

Long Thanh International Airport, once completed, will be the largest airport in the nation with an annual capacity of 100 million passengers and five million metric tons of cargo.

The project needs an estimated investment of some VND336.63 trillion ($14.1 billion).

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Thanh Ha - Tuan Phung / Tuoi Tre News

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