Consortia led by Macquarie, SNC-Lavalin, and Hochtief have been shortlisted to build a portion of a C$2.3 billion (€1.7 billion; $2.4 billion) road project in Alberta, Canada.
The chosen bidder will reconstruct 18 kilometres of highway and build two bridges and 9 kilometres of new highway along the northeast leg of the Edmonton Ring Road, which surrounds Alberta’s capital, Edmonton.
Five bidders responded to a request for qualifications, according to a statement from Alberta Transportation, the province's transportation department. They have now been narrowed down to three consortia shortlisted for the project:
– Alberta Roads Consortium, led by Macquarie Capital Group, with Kiewit leading design and construction;
– Capital City Link Group, led by Hochtief, ACS Infrastructure Canada, and MNII Canada;
– Edmonton Connect Partners, led by SNC-Lavalin;
Alberta Transportation did not specify cost estimates for the northeastern leg, but said in a statement that it was the single largest highway project Alberta has ever undertaken. Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach said in a previous statement that the Edmonton Ring Road has been more than 40 years in the making.
Edmonton: planning next
In 2008, Bilfinger Berger BOT won a 30-year contract to construct, operate and maintain the northwest portion of the ring road. Bilfinger bid C$1.42 billion for that section of the project, according to a statement.
Alberta Transportation said it has committed C$2.3 billion to the construction of the entire ring road. A preferred bidder for the northeast leg of the ring road is expected to be announced by May 2012.