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29 December 2014

Tender cancelled for fifth section of Moscow’s central ring road

First publishedon www.WorldHighways.com
Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has cancelled the results of a tender for construction and maintenance of the fifth section of the central ring road in the Moscow.

The FAS made the announcement following an investigation based on a complaint from Stroygazconsulting, one of Russia’s largest infrastructure construction companies.

The 23-year contract was awarded to the Koltsevaya Magistral. Stroygazconsulting complained that the bids for the contract, worth nearly US$752 million, were not evaluated objectively.

Russia’s Interfax news agency reported the win by Koltsevaya Magistral, trading as LLC Ring Road, in November.

Stroygazconsulting was in second place, Avtoban in third and Mostotrest in fourth.

The cancellation comes amid questions over the sale of a controlling stake in Stroygazconsulting to Ruslan Baysarov. In early June 2014, it was reported that Baysarov planned to increase his stake in the company from 30% to 74.1% by acquiring shares from founder and majority shareholder Ziyad Manasir.

However, the FAS reported it has not received an application for the purchase of the shares by Baysarov, a controversial figure who was born in Chechenya. His critics claim Baysarov, 46, is part of organised crime.

Representatives of the Stroygazconsulting have not commented on the lack of an application. According to market players, the company may be put up for sale, with Gazprombank said to be interested in the business.

Meanwhile, two other ring road tenders, this time in Omsk, Siberia, are nearing completion. The tenders are for construction of a single ring road section.

The first tender is for construction of a 17.2km road, an overpass across a railway and construction of a bridge. The second lot includes construction of a road junction and a 1.4km overpass.

Bids were submitted by DRSU #6, from the Omsk region and amounted to US$17.72 million. MSK Sibagro based in the city of Tyumen, bid $16.7 million, while Lenpromstroy, in St. Petersburg, bid nearly $16 million.

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