Top infrastructure projects by Acciona
Founded in 1931, Acciona has designed, constructed and engineered a multitude of builds which have strengthened regional infrastructures, boosting tourism and economies in regions in which they are situated.
With the news that Acciona will be constructing the first 27MWp solar plant in Mexico, linking with their sustainable initiatives, alongside their first contract win in Denmark to construct the Frederikssund Link Highway, we take a look at top infrastructure projects Acciona have undertaken, which have provided increased advantages.
1. Toowoomba Highway – Second Range Crossing (TSRC), Queensland, Australia
Set to complete in 2018, the Toowoomba Highway will provide increase benefits within Queensland, reducing congestion with the construction and design of the bypass highway. The build will provide nearly two thousand jobs and will allow commuters to go around Toowoomba, instead of through the busy city.
24 structures will be built to ensure the highway’s stability, with twelve bridges and three underpasses, which will help alleviate traffic within the area, and enable effective transportation of goods within Queensland
Acciona’s design enabled the company to win the “Best Road Deal for the Asia Pacific’ in 2015.
2. Highway Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway, Ontario, Canada
Completed in 2015, the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway was the largest infrastructure project to be undertaken within Ontario.
Linking 407 of Ontario with I-75 in Michigan, United States, the 11km highway has enabled the transportation of goods and reduced congestion between the two regions.
Comprising 6-lanes, three in each direction, the build won the ‘National Merit Award for Landscaping and Trail Plan" by the CSLA in Canada.
3. Route 160, Chile
Linking Arauco Province with the city of Concepcion, Route 160 has boosted the local economy within Chile, providing access to jobs and increased employment, in addition to growing tourism within the region.
With the renovation of current systems amongst the development of new infrastructures at the site, the construction incorporates a toll system and dual carriageway structure.
4. Quito Metro – Phase II, Ecuador
Set to complete in 2019, the 22km metro line in Quito will strengthen Ecuador’s transport links and infrastructure by incorporating over 10 new stations, enabling over 500,000 commuters to utilise the systems by 2030.
CO2 emissions will be reduced due to the increased use of transport systems within the region.
5. Ting Kau Bridge, Hong Kong
Although completed back in 1998, the Ting Kau Bridge has provided a multitude of advantages within Hong Kong and has successfully linked Hong Kong International Airport with the rest of the region by crossing the Rambler Channel.
At 1,117 metres, the cable-stayed bridge was constructed and finalised in 44 months and successfully incorporates the increased number which utilise it, in addition to being built to withstand the region’s changeable weather conditions.
6. Bajio Regional Hospital, Leon, Mexico
Completed in 2007, Bajio Regional Hospital now comprises of over 180 beds, at which the company have built an array of units incorporating a multitude of specialities, providing increased advantages for citizens within the region.
Read the September 2016 issue of Construction Global magazine
France to invest €1.8bn in Egypt’s infrastructure
France will invest a total of €1.8bn into Egypt’s infrastructure focusing specifically on upgrading the Cairo Metro, building a railway to Sudan, and developing water and energy schemes. Officials have called the investment a “major boost to bilateral cooperation”.
The Cairo Metro
Included in the financing is a concessional government loan of around €800mn to upgrade Line 1 of the Cairo Metro, introduced in the 1980s. The financing will pay for 55 trainsets for the line and is provided by the French engineering company, Alstom.
Line 6 is also due to be upgraded using further state-guaranteed loans worth up to €2bn. Bruno Le Maire said that this would be negotiated over the next six months. France and Egypt have worked in close cooperation ever since Abdel Fattah al-Sisi became president in 2014, despite differences over human rights and strong criticism of Egypt by rights activists and some foreign states.
Nine more projects over the next half a decade
A further €1bn from France’s development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), aims to cover a range of other projects over the next half a decade.
These projects include a railway line between Aswan, southern Egypt, and Wadi Halfa in Sudan, as well as several projects in the renewable energy and water purification industries. Bruno Le Maire, France’s Finance Minister, said Egypt was a “strategic partner and commercial dealings with it would be developed. France will substantially increase its direct exposure to Egypt, becoming the first counter-party for government to government loans,” he said.
According to Le Maire, the AFD will also €150mn to support the construction of a universal health insurance programme. French contractors such as Vinci and Bouygues have a long history of working on the Egyptian capital’s underground system.
Talking about the relationship between France And Egypt, Le Maire concluded: “France will substantially increase its direct exposure to Egypt, becoming the first counter-party for government to government loans”.