Port of Constanta railway upgrade proceeds with first tender
The state-owned Romanian Infrastructure Manager CFR Infrastructura has received five bids in the open tender for the railway modernisation of the port of Constanta. The bid of preference will determine the company which will undertake the modernisation’s first stage at the Valu lui Traian station, which functions as an entry point for trains heading to the port of Constanta.
According to CFR Infrastructura, the companies who submitted a tender bid are the US Rail Works association company, the Romanian companies Bawi SRL – Swietelksy CF and Porr Construct SRL, the Hungarian STRABAG Vasútépítő Kft., and the Kazakh Temirzhol Zhondeu LLP. The tender winner will have to carry out the modernisation of the Valu lui Traian station and its vicinity to make it more efficient for freight transport.
The project will cost 402.343.706 Romanian lei (about 81 million euros), and the winning bidder will need to implement a design study that will last six months while the works will last about 20 months. The financing will be secured via the EU’s CEF and Romanian state funds.
First round objectives
As mentioned, the railway modernisation of the Valu lui Traian station and its vicinity is just the first part of a broader rail modernisation project targeting a much-needed upgrade of the port of Constanta. During this modernisation stage, the primary objective is the construction of a railway yard at the station that will comprise 32 fully electrified lines. Additionally, existing lines of the railway station will be electrified, and the same will apply to lines that will connect the station’s main facilities with the new railway yard.
Moreover, the facility will ensure TSI and ERTMS 2 implementation and compliance through these works. According to CFR Infrastructura, the upgrade will increase transit capacity and improve interoperability. As for the broader Constanta port modernisation project, it will include two more stages before completion and costs that will reach the amount of 4.5 billion Romanian lei (905 million euros).