A consortium comprising PORR, Gulermak and Energopol-Szczecin has signed a €150m contract for the construction of the Świnoujście tunnel in Poland.
The 3.2km project includes a 1.44km TBM-excavation in the slurry shield procedure and the breakout diameter of the tunnel will be 13.5 metres.
A two-way roadway will be constructed with traffic lanes with a width of 3.5 metres and evacuation niches will be built using ground freezing.
The consortium will implement the project as a design and build contract.
PORR CEO Karl-Heinz Strauss said: “The Świnoujście tunnel is one of our key infrastructure projects in Poland. In cooperation with our PORR colleagues from Poland and Austria as well as the experienced experts from Gulermak and Energopol-Szczecin, we will demonstrate our construction expertise and innovative strength.”
The tunnel, which will be completed in 2022, will provide a direct connection between Uznam and the Polish mainland, reduce the journey time to a few minutes, and improve the connection to Polish holiday areas in West Pomerania.
The Polish city of Świnoujście extends over the eastern part of the island of Uznam and over the islands of Wolin and Karsibór. Uznam houses an administration centre and service centre as well as a seaside resort with tourist and health resort facilities.
Uznam and Wolin are separated by the Świna river, and traffic between the islands is currently carried out via ferry connections across the Świna.
Earlier in September 2018, PORR laid the cornerstone for an educational campus at the PORR compound in Vienna Simmering, marking the expansion of the existing three-pronged training system for apprentices.
The educational concept is the only one of its kind in Austria, and training sessions at the campus are set to begin in September 2019.
At the educational campus, PORR will offer every apprentice an additional internal training course for three weeks per year, which is expected to help increase the number of apprentices from the current 4% to 5% in the short term and to 8% in the medium term.
The curriculum will cover practice and theory, which is more difficult to convey on the construction site itself. This will include training on how to handle modern construction materials, smart machinery and an introduction into the new world of work.
Image: Officials at the signing of the contract. Image: PORR AG.