Contracts signed with the companies to build three military facilities in Šiauliai, Rokantiškės and Pajūris
January 8, Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas signed Public-Private Partnership (PPP) contracts with Salvinta UAB and Partnerystės Projektai Keturi UAB. During the term of the contracts the companies will construct brand new military infrastructure for three battalion-sized units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in Šiauliai, Rokantiškės (Vilnius region) and Pajūris (Šilalė region). This is the first time the National Defence System will develop infrastructure through PPP. The decision was made not only to avail of the capacity of the private sector to execute several large-scale projects at the same time, but also because of the ongoing large investments into weaponry upgrading and acquisition of new defensive systems in the National Defence System.
“I credit my predecessor with the arrangement of the contracts that I sign. Choosing the PPP method for developing the new infrastructure has enabled us to have three new military facilities soon, while the expenditure of their construction and maintenance will be allocated over a longer period and thus the burden on the national defence budget will be abated. The new infrastructure will be a contribution to the efforts to strengthen Lithuanian Armed Forces capabilities as well, and by freeing up infrastructure at training areas it will help to enhance the conditions for the allied presence in Lithuania,” Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas says.
“We bring many years of expert team experience to this cooperation and we will engage it in creating as much value for Lithuania as possible,” CEO of Darnu Group UAB, part of which Salvinta UAB is, Sigita Survilaitė-Mekionienė said after signing the contract. The company will be developing infrastructure for two units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces: Duke Vaidotas Mechanised Infantry Battalion will move into the new facility in Rokantiškės village (Vilnius region) from its present base in Rukla, and Brigadier General Motiejus Pečiulionis Artillery Battalion will within several years move from the temporary container-base in Pajūrys (Šilalė region) to a new and permanent facility there.
Infrastructure for the Duke Margiris Infantry Battalion will be constructed by Partnerystės Projektai Keturi UAB of Eika group. “We are convinced that our experience will make the results of the military facility development contract signed today exceed the expectations of all stakeholders,” Domas Dargis, CEO of Eika group, part of which is Partnerystės Projektai Keturi UAB, says.
The total value of the three contracts amounts to approx. EUR 168 million. The method of partnership selected by the Ministry of National Defence allows distributing and paying the large costs of the development in equal parts over 12.5 from the point the facilities are completed according to all contractual requirements and put into operation. All the new military facilities will have barracks, headquarters, canteens, welfare, sports, medical, equipment maintenance facilities, and other services a military infrastructure requires. All the tree of them will accommodate roughly 3,000 troops in total.
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