Italian construction and civil engineering company, Salini Impregilo, has won a €718.8m contract from Societé du Grand Paris (SGP) to build a section of a new metro line for Grand Paris Express, which is touted to be the biggest sustainable mobility project in Europe.
SGP is responsible for designing and implementing the Grand Paris Public Transport Network (RTGP), known as the Grand Paris Express.
The Line 16 of Grand Paris Express will serve several communes in the northern and eastern part of metropolitan Paris.
The contract, known as Lot 2, will involve 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 related works.
The Italian company will assign 20% of the value of the contract to local subcontractors. It will also employ disadvantaged workers for 5% of the total number of hours estimated to be needed for the completion of its section of the metro line.
In March, Salini Impregilo and joint venture partner Nouvelles Générations d’Entrepreneurs won a €203m contract to extend Line 14 of the Grand Paris Express to the Orly airport.
This work marks the group’s return to France 20 years after working on the city’s Est-Ouest Liaison Express (EOLE) between 1992 and 1998.
Salini Impregilo has also contributed to the expansion of the city’s metro, working on the METEOR line (Metro Est-Ouest Rapide).
The Italian company has expertise in the sector in light of its vast experience in cities ranging from New York to Saint Petersburg. Altogether, Salini Impregilo has built more than 400km of metro lines.
The company is involved in several latest projects, including Lines 2 and 4 of the network in Lima; a line in Doha; one in Riyadh; Cityringen, which encircles Copenhagen; Line 4 in Milan, and a new line in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Salini Impregilo is also working on light rail lines in cities such as Perth and Sydney, Australia.
The Sydney project has won the 2018 ‘Project of the Year’ award from the US trade magazine, Engineering News-Record (ENR), for the skytrain bridge and viaduct that it built for Sydney Metro Northwest, part of the biggest public transport project in Australia.
Image: Société du Grand Paris workers at the Grand Paris Express project site. Photo: Courtesy of Société du Grand Paris.