Italian construction and civil engineering company Salini Impregilo has commenced work on Lot 2 of Line 16 of the Grand Paris Express, which will serve communities in the northern and eastern parts of the metropolitan area.
The Lot 2 project, valued at €718.8m, involves the excavation of 11.1km of tunnel and the construction of four stations at Aulnay, Sevran-Beaudottes, Sevran-Livry and Clichy Montfermeil, along with 11 ventilation shafts.
In March, the company won a contract with joint venture partner Nouvelles Générations d’Entrepreneurs (NGE) to extend Line 14 to the Orly airport to the south of Paris.
With the two projects, Salini Impregilo has returned to France after more than 20 years.
Between 1992 and 1998, the company worked on the Paris rail lines Est-Ouest Liaison Express (EOLE) and METEOR (Metro Est-Ouest Rapide).
Salini Impregilo CEO Pietro Salini said: “We are very proud to be able to work on a second project within the parametres of the Grand Paris Express, given the strategic role played by the transport system in the city, as well as the long-term vision that has led to the development of the largest initiative of sustainable mobility in Europe.
“For us, this project represents a point of departure to continue to invest in the country and share the know-how that we have acquired in the metro sector from the construction of more than 400 kilometres of metro lines throughout the world, from New York to Saint Petersburg, and some challenging projects that we are pursuing today, from Cityringen in Copenhagen to the metros in Riyadh, Doha, Milan, Lima.
“We want to grow in France with local partners and become a local company ourselves. For us, France represents one of the key countries in our long-term strategy for Europe in the infrastructure sector.
“We foresee involving small- and medium-sized local companies in the project, creating employment for people who are actually unemployed.
“Salini Impregilo will assign 20% of the value of the contract to local subcontractors and employ disadvantaged workers for 5% of the total number of hours estimated to be needed to complete its section of the metro line.”
Image: Société du Grand Paris workers at the Grand Paris Express project site. Photo: Courtesy of Société du Grand Paris.