Torrevieja council is set to spend two point two million euro over six years under a new street lighting maintenance contract which has been provisionally awarded to a joint consortium of the OHL and Explanaciones del Mediterráneo companies.

The tender, subject to the franchise winner passing a economic solvency test, will run for four years with an option to renew for a further two years. It was valued at over 900,000 euro per annum, but the winning bid came in at just 374,000 euro.

The move from the council ends an ad-hoc arrangement where various companies only undertook emergency work covering the municipality’s 11,000 public lights, with major criticism aimed at the authority over constant cuts in service, especially with power outages during periods of high humidity or rain.

The contract involves 12 employees providing 24-hour cover and the winning tender will to try cut costs by switching off some lights in public areas at certain times of the year when they are not needed.

The franchise winner will also undertake annual light maintenance and painting of light poles, as part of the contract.

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