In Paphos, the process of awarding the winner of the tender for the construction of a new marina will finally resume. The project's cost is about 200 million euros.
The Cyprus Tenders Review Authority has rejected an appeal filed by Ernst & Young Cyprus Ltd against the Deputy Ministry of Tourism.
By its decision, made on Tuesday, July 13, the Tenders Review Authority decided to leave the contested decision in force without any changes.
Last year, for the project of joint development of the marina and the infrastructure for receiving cruise ships in the Potima area in Kissonerga, the Deputy Ministry of Tourism held an international competition for the provision of services for a comprehensive feasibility study of the combined maritime development "Marina and infrastructure for the cruise ships in the Kissonerga area (Paphos)".
The competent authority for the project is the Ministry of Energy, Trade, and Industry. The bids were announced during an open pre-selection process. The construction method known as DBFOT type development (design, build, finance, operate and transfer) does not imply any financial cost, burden or cost to the government budget.
However, the construction process of a new Paphos Marina was frozen again in May.
As it turned out, one of the participants in the tender for the construction of the marina, withdrew from the race, filed a complaint demanding a new tender. In this regard, a temporary order was issued, which imposed a ban on work until all controversial issues were resolved. A few months later, the issue seems to have been resolved. There are no longer any obstacles to the construction of a new Paphos Marina.
It is worth noting that the Paphos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has welcomed the decision of the tender review office. A related announcement states that "based on the above, it is a matter of time before the Bidding Council will be convened again to award the winner of the tender who will initiate the aforementioned study."
For the first time, the Paphos authorities announced a tender for the construction of the marina in 2007. Since then, due to complaints from unsuccessful tenderers and other bureaucratic problems, the start of work has been continually postponed.
According to the project, the Paphos Marina with an area of more than 15 hectares should be built between Peyia and Kissonerga. It will provide parking spaces for 1,000 yachts, as well as commercial and residential real estate with a total area of about 42 thousand m2.
At the same time, the original offer for the service of cruise ships was intended for the harbor of Kato Paphos. However, it was later proposed to merge the site with the proposed marina in Kissonerga, as the Department of Antiquities stated that the construction would have a negative impact on the archaeological environment in the area.
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