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Salini Impregilo Wins Railway Contract in Norway

Infra News - Published on Mon, 14 Oct 2019

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Salini Impregilo enters the Norwegian market for the first time with the signing of a EUR 388 million civil works contract to upgrade a 13.6 kilometre section of a rail line between the towns of Nykirke and Barkaker south of Oslo. The contract is the latest effort by the Group to expand in countries that are investing in infrastructure and carry a lower risk profile, such as Australia and the United States. Salini Impregilo, which heads a joint-venture with Impresa Pizzarotti & C with a 51% stake, won the contract from Bane NOR, the state-owned company responsible for Norway’s railway infrastructure.

Under the terms of the contract, set to be completed by 2022, Salini Impregilo and its joint-venture partner will design and build a double-track line, including two bridges, three tunnels and a station near the town of Skoppum. The project concerns a section of the so-called Vestfold Line, which is being modernised to reduce travel times and increase railway passenger capacity. The Norwegian National Transport Plan has as one of its priorities the establishment of a continuous double-track rail line between Oslo and Tønsberg by 2024. The line between Nykirke and Barkaker to be upgraded by Salini Impregilo is one of the two remaining single-track sections required to meet this goal. Once they are both upgraded, travel time between Oslo and Tonsberg will be about an hour, with a frequency of up to four trains an hour in either direction. The completion of the double-track rail line will result in a fast, modern and more sustainable service between Oslo and Tønsberg, favouring economic development beyond the Norwegian capital.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 14 Oct 2019
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