Latest 'hiccup' in Helleniko privatization reportedly affects Integrated Resort Casino tender
Sunday 24th November 2019
By T. Igoumenidi
A relevant competition committee tasked with overseeing an international tender for an Integrated Resort Casino (IRC) at the Helleniko property development site in southeast coastal Athens will reportedly need another week to validate the legal and financial documents submitted by the two suitors that have submitted binding offers.
Reports claim the delay in the process is due to omissions in the documentation supplied by one of the two suitors, with even a detail emerging, namely, that a letter of guarantee included in the offer dossier is short by four days that the prescribed length.
The first reactions point to a further delay in the entire IRC tender and selection, with more than three months now cited for its completion, possibly more than six months.
Finalizing the IRC contact is imperative for concluding the entire concession deal for the Helleniko site between Greece's privatization agency (HRADF), acting on behalf of the Greek state, and ATHEX-listed Lamda Development. A 300-million-euro down payment is due once the concession contract is concluded, opening the way for Greece's biggest and most iconic privatization, the more than seven-billion-euro Helleniko property development project.