Brassó/Brașov County Council forced to cancel airport terminal contract

The Brassó/Brașov County council has been forced to re-evaluate the offers received for the construction of the Brașov–Ghimbav International Airport, despite having the design and execution contract attributed to SC Construcţii SA Sibiu. After analyzing a complaint filed by a rival company, BOG’ ART SRL, the National Council for Solving Complaints ruled in favor of the rival company.

The Brașov–Ghimbav airport is an airport development project located in Romania’s Brașov County close to the new A3 motorway. The airport will serve the city of Brașov and is designed to handle medium-sized aircraft with a capacity of one million people per year.

On May 14, 2019, Brașov County Council selected Constructii Sibiu for the construction of a new 11,780-square-meter passenger terminal at Brașov–Ghimbav International Airport. Constructii Sibiu bid RON 145.3 million (€30.5 million) for the contract, which runs over a 12-month period. The other three bidders were Austrian Porr’s local subsidiary, an association of Romanian firms BOG’ART SRL – SC UTI Grup SA – SC UTI Facility Management SA, and another Romanian constructor based in Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca (Kesz Constructii Romania).

According to the leader of the association of Romanian firms filing the complaint against the winner, Constructii Sibiu had major problems with other local authorities, but despite that, it obtained the highest score of 100 points, while the BOG’ART led association only gained 99.4 points.

With the re-evaluation in place, the completion date of the airport terminal remains unknown, just like the date when the A3 motorway will provide motorists with a clean drive from the Romanian border to Bucharest.

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Title image: airport arrow board. Source: Pixabay

Author: István Fekete