Tenders made in the procurement for the contract to build Reidi Road, a brand new road connecting Tallinn's port area with a major intersection to the east of the city center, have had higher price tags than the city government expected.
The paper learned that the lowest price quoted by a tenderer was €33 million, exclusive of owner supervision and VAT.
Ain Valdmann, head of Tallinn's Public Utilities Department, said that it makes no sense to get ahead of oneself.
"Even if at this point one tenderer has made known that its tender was the best, we first need to review the qualifying conditions," Valdmann said. "It's only after this is done that it will be clear whether this tenderer is still the best tenderer or not."
Postimees said that in the case of major procurements, it may take several weeks to examine the details of all tenders received. The law sets out no timeframe within which the winner must be determined. It cannot be ruled out either that the tender will be deemed to have failed due to excessive cost.
According to Postimees, the company TREV 2 Grupp, which employs Joonas Laks, the common-law partner of Estonian Greens chairwoman and Tallinn deputy mayor Züleyxa Izmailova, has said that its offer was was the best one in the procurement. The price tag of the second cheapest offer was allegedly €1.5 million higher.
Editor: Aili Vahtla