Croatian Railways Infrastructure has received ten bids for a €297m ($332.9m) rail project that will connect the port of Rijeka with the Hungarian border.

Bidders include companies and consortia from China, Turkey and various European nations.

Overall, the project encompasses expanding a 42.6km-long rail line connecting Krizevci and Koprivnica with the Hungarian border.

The European Union has committed to cover 85% of the total cost of the project.

The project forms part of a larger plan that involves overhauling the freight carrying rail line from the Mediterranean corridor to central Europe through the port of Rijeka.

Croatian Railways Infrastructure stated that this is the largest railway project to be undertaken in recent years.

Bidders include a Sinohydro-led consortium, as well as a consortium comprising China Tiesiju Civil Engineering Group and China Railway Electrification Engineering Group.

Applicants also include Turkey’s Cengiz Insaat Sanayi ve Ticaret, a consortium of Yapi Merkezi Insaat and Kolektor Koling, and a group led by Austria’s Strabag.

Additionally, a consortium comprising Comsa and Generale Costruzioni Ferroviarie, and another featuring Italy’s Rizzani de Eccher and Slovenia’s SZ-Zeleznisko gradbeno podjetje Ljubljana placed their bids.

Croatian Railways added that SA de Obras y Servicios, COPASA, Avax, as well as a team involving Croatian Div Grupa, Bosnian Integral Inzenjering and Slovakian TSS Grade, are also in the fray.

Project works for a €197m section on the Mediterranean corridor is already underway. The tender for the third section of railway works between Hrvatski Leskovac and Karlovac, valuing around €315m, will be announced later this year.