Salini Impregilo wins €530m contract for high-speed railway project in Turkey


Italian construction company Salini Impregilo has won a €530m contract for a 153km section of ‘Orient Express’ high-speed railway in Turkey between Istanbul and the border with Bulgaria.

The four-year contract is being funded by the European Union (EU) through the European Investment Bank (EIB).

The high-speed railway line will belong to the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), which connects member countries of the EU, and be part of the Orient/East-Med Corridor that connects Central Europe with ports of the North, Baltic, Black and Mediterranean seas.

Overseen by the Directorate General of Turkish State Railways, the project is expected to reduce travel times, increase safety and contribute to the development of the region.

After a year, Salini Impregilo will lead the project with a 50.01% stake in a joint venture with Kolin İnşaat Turizm Sanayi ve Ticaret, a Turkish builder with which the Italian group completed the reconstruction of the Köseköy-Gebze section of a high-speed railway in 2011 for the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications.

Salini Impregilo is working with the company on other large infrastructure projects in the Gulf.

The latest high-speed railway line will link the Halkali station to that of Kapikule with a double track, which will replace the existing single track.

The high-speed line will be for trains that can travel at speeds of up to 200kmph.

Work under the contract includes electrification, signalling and other auxiliary civil works related to that section of the line.

The contract also provides for immediate availability of machines to move 80m m³ of earth.

Salini Impregilo, which has been operating in Turkey since 1966, has constructed major projects such as the Keban Hydroelectric Project on the Euphrates River, worth €200m.

Between 1985 and 2000, the company has developed large highway projects worth a combined €2.5bn, including the Kinali-Sakarya highway and the second bridge over the Bosphorus River.

The Italian company has been involved in several projects in Italy for the TEN-T, including the Terzo Valico dei Giovi, a high-speed, high-capacity 53km line that will connect the port of Genoa on the Mediterranean coast with that of Rotterdam on the North Sea coast, called the Rhine-Alpine Corridor.

Recently, the company secured a €608.1m contract for a section of a high-capacity rail line between Naples and Bari, which will also be part of the TEN-T.


Image: Salini Impregilo wins €530m contract for high-speed railway project in Turkey. Photo: Courtesy of einar_magnus from Pixabay.

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