Webuild wins US$1bn contract to extend Brenner Base Tunnel
Webuild, Italy’s largest construction group, has won a US$1bn contract to design and construct a new section between the Brenner Base Tunnel and the commune of the Ponte Gardena located in the Italian Alps. The project will be completed as a partnership between Webuild and the Swiss engineering firm, Implenia.
The work for the 23km-long expansion was commissioned by the state-owned rail operator Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) and will include interconnections, situated underground, at Ponte Gardena.
What will the Brenner Base Tunnel project aim to achieve?
According to Webuild, the aim of the project is to “quadruple capacity on the Verona and Fortezza line, located along the Munich-Verona railway corridor. This will reduce travel times for trains carrying both goods and people.
To achieve this, Webuild will adopt a standard exceeding the speed and performance limits of the existing railway line, which restricts trains to travel at fairly low speeds, especially where there are inclines. Webuild currently holds a 51% stake in its partnership with Implenia.
In a statement, Webuild announced that the contract was the latest in a series contributing to improving the sustainable mobility of Italy, and would promote the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, which will attempt to “boost” Italy’s economy post-COVID, while also modernising the country’s infrastructure.
Webuild’s other Brenner projects
Webuild is also working on three major construction sites for the Brenner, an iconic project for sustainable mobility in Europe. The company said: “The sites include Mules 2-3, the main section at the Italian end of the tunnel; Tulfes-Pfons, which includes underground civil works; and the underground crossing of the Isarco River near the southern exit of the Brenner before the Fortezza station”.
Upon completion the Brenner Base Tunnel railway will be a total of 64km long, making it the longest in the world. It also expects to create around 150,000 jobs.
Skanska secures $84m Portland Airport upgrade contract
Skanska's share of the contract amendment is worth US$84M, which will be included in the US order bookings for the second quarter.
The amendment includes work on the Terminal Core Expansion project, comprising structural, mechanical and electrical work and enclosure. Construction is underway and scheduled for completion by 2025.
With annual travelers expected to climb to 33 million by 2045, the Terminal Core Redevelopment project is a vital expansion that ensures PDX will be able to serve the community well into the future.
Hoffman will install a new 9-acre large-span roofing system over the entire terminal core complex, build a 150-foot multi-floor addition between Concourses C and D, and add new pre- and post-security concessions.
The renovated passenger entry terminal will double the size of the current ticketing and lobby area when it opens in 2025. It is also replacing 16 old passenger boarding bridges plus equipment throughout the PDX concourses. Gate count is critical for PDX operation, so the team must coordinate with each airline to replace one bridge at a time. In addition, Hoffman is rebuilding and enlarging Concourse B. The project is targeting LEED Gold.
Skanska USA recorded sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 and has about 7,600 employees in its operations.
In other recent developments:
- Skanska has sold an elderly care home in Sollentuna outside Stockholm, for about SEK280M, to Altura and lease agreements have previously been signed with Nytida and Vardaga.
- The group has also divested a residential project consisting of rental apartments, senior apartments and a home for people with special needs in Malmö, to Bantorget Hyresbostäder for SEK300M.
- Skanska has joined the climate initiative Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) that gathers countries and leading companies committed to action to achieve the Paris Agreement.
- Skanska has, through Cementation Skanska, signed a contract with the Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture for major piling works for the London Tunnels section on the HS2 high speed railway.