In recent days, a scandal has erupted regarding the financing of the Tirana-Elbasan road, which has had three segments. The first of which has been Sauk-Tunel, and the third segment, Tunnel-Elbasan.
CNA.al has been able to provide official data from the General Directorate of Roads. The data show that from 2013 onwards, during the time when the ministry was headed by Edmond Haxhinasto, 21 changes were made to the project.
According to official data, it turns out that the construction contracts are of the FIDIC type and in principle unchanged, after they were tendered and this contract was signed. For the first segment of the Tirana-Elbasan road, 14 changes have been made.
As for the third segment, seven changes have been made, thus increasing the cost of road construction to a value of 80 million euros, or about 95 million dollars. They have been these changes that subsequently led to disputes and enabling the”Aktor” company to go to arbitration and win a sum of 44 million euros.
So, about 80 million euros additional costs after 21 changes, mainly proposed by the “Actor” company, and all after the coming to power of the Renaissance, and Minister of Transport Edmond Haxhinasto.
Road costs, official data
The Tirana-Elbasan road, according to official data provided by National Road Authority, has cost about 450 million dollars. Of which about 14 million dollars, or 12 million euros, has been the value of one kilometer, for 29 kilometers of total road of this project, from Tirana to Elbasan.
The tunnel has cost about $ 105 million. The first segment of the road, the Sauk Tunnel, cost about $ 220 million for 12 kilometers. We emphasize that this segment has not yet been taken over by the Albanian government. And the value of one kilometer in this segment goes to nearly $ 17.2 million.
The third segment, the Tunnel-Elbasan, cost about 125 million dollars, for a length of 11.5 km. At a cost of about $ 11 million per kilometer. So the first lot still undelivered, had a value almost 50 percent more expensive than the third segment.
These costs came after the changes in the project, requested by the “Aktor” company and approved, noting that it is the latter that is responsible for these changes. But, in fact it is the Albanian government which has paid about 80 million euros, or about 95 million dollars. Revenue costs due to changes in the project.
So, as we pointed out above, and from official data, it turns out that the total value of the road is $ 450 million. The first segment worth nearly $ 220 million, and the third lot nearly $ 125 million, given the fact that the tunnel also cost about $ 104.6 million.
The average value per kilometer along the entire length is about 14 million dollars, or about 12 million euros. But, there is a very big difference, between the first lot and the third lot. Where the first lot has cost about 50 percent more expensive than the third.
Facts and arguments
These are all facts with concrete figures for each lot, for the damage caused for each lot and total cost. With 21 changes in the project, with certain points of the amendments which have also left space for the “Aktor” company beyond around 80 million euros, or 95 million dollars additions due to changes in the contract, add at least another 44 million euros fine by the Arbitration.
So, it is not the declared amount of 130 million dollars, as an addition to the total cost together with the Arbitration fine, but it goes around 145 million dollars in total. And here everything has to do with the first and third segment of the road.
So, 145 million dollars are the additions and fines after the changes in the contract due to these two road segments, excluding the tunnel, which has cost about 105 million dollars, and is not included at all in this data./ CNA.al
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