The Ministry of Transport paid penalties worth four million euros for failing to pay the sums due to the works made in 2008 to the American company Bechtel, which carried out Transylvania Motorway, said on Friday, Transport Minister Radu Berceanu.
‘This year we have already paid 120 million euros to Bechtel, but out this sum, as many as 80 million euros represent the sums for works made one year ago, of which four million euros penalties inherited from former minister Ludovic Orban,’ said Berceanu on the occasion of a visit he paid to the motorway’s construction site together with PM Emil Boc.
The minister said that this year 42 km of motorway are to be carried out between Cluj and Campia Turzii, pending the utilities to be relocated by authorities in order to ensure the smoothness of the works.
Bechtel company is working at present on two sections, respectively Campia Turzii – Gilau (52 km) and Suplacu de Barcau – Bors (64 km).
In 2009, the works on other two sections should start, respectively Cluj-Mihailesti and Mihailesti-Suplacu de Barcau.
Transylvania Motorway, a project divided into 8 sections will be 415 km-long, of which over 55 km of bridges and viaducts, 94 foot bridges, 58 flyovers and 18 road hub, the deadline for commissioning being 20 13-2014.