Consultacy services in the role of Strategic Advisor to the Client for the design and construction of Struma Highway, Lot 3: between the towns of Blagoevgrad and Sandanski, Bulgaria
Location: Southwest Bulgaria
Client: Bulgarian National Company Strategic Infrastructure Projects
Services provided: Consultacy services in the role of Strategic Advisor to the Client for the design and construction
Struma Highway is part of The European Transport Corridor No IV (Dresden - Prague - Bratislava - Gyor - Budapest - Arad - Kraiowa - Sofia - Plovdiv – Istanbul), branch Sofia - Kulata – Thessaloniki: from Sofia to Kulata (border between Bulgaria and Greece). It is the busiest route in Bulgaria in north-south direction and is one of the priority projects financed with EU funds through Operational Programs “Transport” for periods: 2007 – 2013 and 2014-2020.
Struma Highway is divided into 4 sections (lots). At present Lots 1, 2, and 4 are in operation and Lot 3 is being designed. Lot 3 is 64 km long, between the towns of Blagoevgrad and Sandanski, crossing a difficult mountainous area along Kresna gorge of Struma River where two tunnels are foreseen with total length 15,4 km. Lot 3 route is situated near Struma river, within a strip of land including also the existing road E79 and the railway line from Sofia to Kulata. It has numerous intersections with other roads, rivers, railroads, canals, etc. and runs also through an environmentally sensitive area.
In June 2013 the Bulgarian National Company Strategic Infrastructure Projects (NCSIP), the state enterprise responsible for preparation and construction of Struma Highway, following a public-procurement procedure, awarded an assignment to the Consortium named “Sweco – Burda” for provision of: Consultancy services in the role of Strategic Advisor for the design and construction of Struma Highway, Lot 3.
The consortium is led by Sweco Energoproekt Jsc, with partners: Sweco Infrastructure AB (now Sweco Civil AB), Sweden, Sweco Infraprojekt Sp. z.o.o., Poland (the three companies forming the Sweco Group team), and Iliya Burda EOOD, Bulgaria.
Strategic Advisor primary function was to support and advise the Client, due to the scale and complexity of the route, on technical, financial, environmental, and management aspects of the design and construction by implementing the following activities:
Coordination of the project preparation aimed at meeting time schedule and budget;
Check, approval, and acceptance of conceptual designs;
Assistance to the Client in the preparation of tender documents for construction: criteria for selection and evaluation of tender proposals, conditions of contract based on FIDIC Yellow Book, technical specifications, and Employer’s Requirements;
Comments on aspects related to environmental protection;
Preparation of a structure for management, document flow, and archiving.