Watch: Four bidders submit application to build Malta-Gozo tunnel

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Il-Ministru Ian Borg u l-Ministru Clint Camilleri jħabbru żviluppi ġodda dwar il-mina ta’ bejn Malta u Għawdex.

Posted by MaltaGov on Thursday, June 4, 2020

Four bidders have participated in the pre-qualification questionnaire for the design, building, financing, operation and maintenance of the Malta-Gozo Tunnel

Today was the deadline for the call for participation in a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) which Infrastructure Malta issued in January 2020, and extended until today after a request by prospective bidders.

The four bidders are two consortia and two companies from several different countries, including Malta.

The tunnel between Malta and Gozo is expected to be 14 kilometres long and will be partially subsea, with one lane in each direction and another in the middle in cases of emergency.

During the press conference addressed by Transport Minister Ian Borg and Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri, it was explained the tunnel is expected to start from Xemxija and should end in an arterial road in Gozo.

Photo by DOI: Reuben Piscopo

Frederick Azzopardi from Infrastructure Malta said that the reason why there is no specific location in Gozo where the permanent link must end is that Gozo’s arterial roads can cater for the volume of this project.

Following the evaluation of this questionnaire, a discussion will commence with respect to plans for the implementation of the project by the chosen bidders.

Minister Ian Borg said that this is another step forward towards more connectivity, quality infrastructure for everyone and new facilities for the people, especially those who live in Gozo. Minister Borg said that the offers included companies from Italy, Turkey, France and Japan. 

Minister for Gozo Clint Camilleri said that the interest of international consortia in the project encourages the government to continue implementing what, for many Gozitans, used to be just a dream.

Minister Camilleri said that the permanent link will mean that Gozitans can be more optimistic about accessing any opportunity, equal to any other Maltese citizen. He also said that the government considers this project as one that will ensure the rebirth of the social and economic spheres of the island.