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Contract signed for expansion of Elektrownia Opole

  • Poland

    16-02-2012

    On 15 February 2012, representatives of the consortium made up of Rafako S.A. (consortium leader), Polimex–Mostostal S.A. and Mostostal-Warszawa S.A. signed a contract for construction of two new power generating units, with a combined capacity of 1800 MW, at the Elektrownia Opole power plant. The contract is worth PLN 11.5 billion, and the project is regarded as essential for Poland’s energy security.

    The procedure leading up to signing of the contract with the consortium of Rafako, Polimex-Mostostal and Mostostal-Warszawa lasted over two years, and the selection of the bid was protested by the Alstom consortium.

    On 11 January 2012, the National Appeal Chamber rejected an appeal by the Alstom consortium, clearing the way for signing of the contract for the project - already recognized as the largest contract in the history of post-communist Poland.

    During the protest and appeal proceedings before the National Appeal Chamber, the consortium of Rafako, Polimex-Mostostal and Mostostal-Warszawa was represented by lawyers from Wierzbowski Eversheds. Michał Drozdowicz headed the team handling the project at the firm, supported by Tomasz Zalewski, Aleksandra Kunkiel-Kryńska and Witold Sławiński.

    This is the latest record-setting contract on which the Public Procurement team at Wierzbowski Eversheds has successfully advised. In 2010 the same team represented the General Directorate of National Roads and Motorways in the proceeding for award of a contract for the Viatoll System, worth about PLN 4.9 billion.

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