Deputy minister: New international port construction in Baku has great interest
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 16 / Trend E. Ismayilov /
The Azerbaijani Transport Ministry plans to choose a contractor for the construction of coastal structures and buildings of the new international sea port in the Alat settlement till late May, Azerbaijani Deputy Transport Minister Musa Panahov told Trend on Monday.
He said that the tender for the third lot of the port construction, which involves the construction of buildings, has been announced. The bids will be opened in mid-May.
"There are many companies wishing to participate in the port construction," he said. "We plan to determine the contractor for the third lot till late May."
He said that other work that has been initiated within the port construction is being conducted in accordance with the schedule.
The implementation of all three construction phases of a new international sea port in Alat settlement near Baku will cost the Azerbaijani government 870 million manat. The main first phase of the port construction is estimated at 540 million manat. The cost of the second and third phases is 150 million manat and 180 million manat.
The construction of a new international port began in November 2010. It is located 65 kilometers south of Baku in the Alat settlement.
It was previously planned that the construction of a new international sea port in the Alat settlement will be implemented in three phases and must be completed by 2015. The first phase of the project involves the construction of two ferry and three cargo berths for receiving containers, "ro-ro" vessels and conventional (universal) dry cargo ships. The second phase of the project involves the construction of three more cargo berths, and the third - the construction of additional two cargo berths. The port will be able to receive up to 11.6 million tons of cargo.
The port in Alat will be multimodal, because it is planned to establish a free economic zone in the territory in the future besides the logistics center.