Rijeka - Croatia's Rijeka port will restart the procedure for selecting a concessionaire to develop and run the Zagreb Deep Sea container terminal, local media reported.The board of directors of the Rijeka port has decided to cancel the current selection process and launch a new tender, state news agency Hina reported on Wednesday, citing information from port operator Luka Rijeka. In September, Luka Rijeka extended the procedure for selecting a concessionaire for the terminal until the end of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. In March, Luka Rijeka said it had received two bids in the tender - from a 70/20/10 Chinese consortium comprising Ningbo Zhoushan Port Company, Tianjin Port Overseas Holding and China Road and Bridge Corporation; and from a 51/49 consortium made up by the Netherlands-based APM Terminals BV and Croatia's Energia Naturalis (ENNA) Logic.
The estimated cost of the project is 350 million euro ($429.7 million), according to the project description published on the website of the European Commission in 2018. The Rijeka port authority competed the construction of ther terminal in May 2019, following a 112.5 million euro investment by the World Bank and Croatia's state budget. The terminal, 400 metres in length, is expected to be expanded to 680 metres later on. Water depth at its berths is 20 metres, which will allow the port to receive the latest generation of container ships. The terminal is part of the Rijeka Gateway project, which aims to improve Rijeka port's transport and infrastructure network.