Seven companies have been shortlisted today by the Georgia's Governmental Commission to compete for a tender to design and build the new Anaklia deep-water port in western Georgia.
These companies are:
Georgia’s deputy Economy Minister Irma Kavtaradze said the seven companies should provide their offers by April 16, 2015.
"Then we will choose two or three candidates and start negotiations with them. The contract will be signed with a company which will have the best offer,” she said.
The deadline for the project was September 2015, so the selected company should start to work on developing the port facility from June 2016,” she added.
Kavtaradze said the Anaklia Port development project would create additional jobs, attract investments and provide a huge benefit to the Georgian economy.
In August last year the Georgian Government invited local and international investors to show their interest in being involved in the development of Anaklia Port.
At the time the Government asked potential investors to submit expressions of interest to develop the mixed-cargo port on a build, operate and transfer basis. The port will be located on the Black Sea coast of Georgia, near Anaklia resort in western Georgia, and will spread over 1,000 hectares and have access to a deep sea canyon.
Kavtaradze said 12 applications were submitted in October 2014 from companies all over the globe.
In December last year the Commission of Government was created, led by Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili. This Commission recently selected seven companies to move ahead in the project.