Mega projects : mega small number of bidders !

“Only two companies have submitted bids for construction of the Red Line mass-transit project from Taling Chan to Bang Sue.

The shortage of bidders is blamed on the requirement that contractors take responsibility of evacuating communities along the construction area.

State Railway of Thailand (SRT) deputy governor Nakhon Jantasorn said only two of the seven companies that had expressed interest in bidding on the project actually submitted bids.

Now that the bids have been submitted, the SRT will take about a week to consider the primary qualifications of the bidders. Then the SRT will consider the technical aspects.

The selection should be made next month, Nakhon said.

The Red Line measures 15 kilometres from Taling Chan to Bang Sue. Project value is Bt8.748 billion.

Signing by the contractor should be performed next April, with construction to begin next May. The Red Line is scheduled to be operational from June 2011. “ (Nation)

I’m wondering : could it be easier to have a bid with only… one bidder ? 😉 I mean, why bother with… two ?

And what will happen if the “primary qualifications” of the two bidders are not… good enough ? Is it possible to launch the mega project with zero bidder left ? 😉

And you’ll notice also the very strange official requirement : the company will have to take care of the “evacuation” of the expropriated people… Well… good luck !

Mega projects? Mega problems ahead…

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