TALLINN - A consulting and designing tender announced by Tallinn Airport - to modernize the security and flight safety systems of its passenger terminal - attracted 26 offers of which eight stay in competition.
Tonis Laks, head of the Economy Ministry's structural resources service in Estonia, said that information from the eight shortlisted bidders would be forwarded to the European Commission. Once final bids have been submitted, the ministry will then pick the best from this group. The final choice is subject to approval by the European Commission, Laks said.
The 26 offers that were received all represent international bids, though Estonian firms have been brought in as partners, he added.
The project is financed by the European Union's Instrument for Structural Policies for Pre-Accession Program. Also, the improvement work will bring the terminal into line with EU requirements.
The present tender concerns only preparatory work for the project. Another tender for carrying out the modernization will be announced in either 2005 or 2006, said Einari Bambus, development director of Tallinn Airport.
The recent tender for system modernization design and consulting involves a budget of 500,000 euros though the work itself may cost much more.