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Strabag Consortium building €300 million Undercrossing for Brenner Base Tunnel

VIENNA/AUSTRIA, November 6, 2014 - The construction group Strabag, in a consortium with the Italian construction companies Salini Impregilo, Consorzio Cooperative Costruzioni CCC and Collini Lavori, signed the € 300 million contract to build the Eisack Undercrossing section of the Brenner Base Tunnel. STRABAG holds a 39 % share in the consortium. Work is scheduled to begin this year with a planned construction time of around eight years.

The contract section is located at the southern end of the Brenner Base Tunnel near the town of Franzensfeste (Fortezza) in the Province of Bozen (Bolzano) in South Tyrol. The work comprises the construction of the two main tubes of the future Brenner Base Tunnel with a total length of 4.3 km, as well as two connecting tunnels to the existing Brenner Railway, adaptations and improvements to the existing infrastructure, and the environmental restoration of all areas after construction is completed.

Thomas Birtel, CEO of Strabag SE: “This is an extremely demanding project from a technical point of view, as it undercrosses the river Eisack, the Brenner Motorway, the state highway and the Brenner Railway with a very low rock overburden. We look forward to this challenge.”

Following award of the € 380 million Tulfes–Pfons section in Tyrol to a consortium consisting of Strabag and Salini Impregilo, this is the second contract for the company in just a few months involving what is currently the world’s longest rail tunnel project.