Bulgaria’s Commission for Protection of Competition announced that local company Terminali has filed for a regulatory approval to operate the intermodal terminal in the city of Plovdiv under a concession contract it was granted by the government earlier this year. The contract is expected to affect Bulgaria’s intermodal transport services market, as well as the country’s rail and road transport markets. Terminali is owned by PIMK Holding Group.
In August, the government announced that it had granted Terminali a 27-year concession contract for the operation of the intermodal terminal in Plovdiv lying on the route linking the markets of western and central Europe with Turkey and the Middle East. Under the contract, Terminali must invest at least BGN 15.1 million (EUR 7.7 million) in the intermodal terminal, BGN 2.2 million (EUR 1.1 million) of which during the first two years.
The construction by Trace Group of the intermodal terminal cost BGN 13.94 million (EUR 7.1 million) and took about two and a half years to complete. The project was financed from EU funds and the Bulgarian government budget, reported railwaypro.com.