Infrastructure, Webuild with 3.7 billion award reaches 13.7 billion new orders acquired

With the award, in consortium with the Ghella and Pizzarotti groups, of the two new contracts for a total of 3.7 billion euros for the development of sustainable mobility in Southern Italy, Webuild reaches 13.7 billion euros of new orders acquired and in the process of being finalized since the beginning of the year, including 3.5 billion euros of projects for which it is the best bidder. Wubuild recalls that to these must be added the works relating to the construction of the bridge over the Strait of Messina and the related railway and road works for a total value estimated at approximately 11 billion euros (of which 45% pertaining to the Group).

Webuild explains that as part of the assignment of 3.7 billion euros, the Group as lead contractor was awarded the contract with a total value of over 2 billion euros for the construction of the new Salerno-Reggio Calabria high-speed line, for the section between Battipaglia and Romagnano (Lot 1A), and the 1.65 billion euro contract for the construction of Lot 3 Lercara-Caltanissetta Xirbi of the Palermo-Catania railway line. The two contracts, commissioned by Rfi (FS Italiane Group), are included in the Pnrr.

The works will be carried out by two separate consortia, both led by Webuild, with a total stake in each consortium equal to 60%, together with Ghella (20%) and Impresa Pizzarotti (20%). With these contracts, Webuild reaches 13.7 billion euros of new orders won and in the process of being finalized since the beginning of the year, including 3.5 billion euros of projects for which it is the best bidder, with contracts won mainly in low-risk markets such as Italy, Europe, Australia, United States. Webuild underlines that the role of the Italian construction giant and of the entire supply chain is confirmed for the development and growth of the country, at whose service the companies of the sector provide technical and engineering excellence in the name of innovation and advanced technology . With these two new contracts, Webuild is carrying out 19 projects in Southern Italy, with a supply chain of over 3,800 suppliers since the start of the works.

Projects, notes Webuild, “strategic for the country’s sustainable mobility, also with a view to energy transition, which will help unite the north and south of the country, supporting the development and growth of the territories and promoting Italy’s competitiveness, making it increasingly interconnected with Europe”. Lot 1A of the Salerno-Reggio Calabria high-speed line provides for the final design and construction of 35km of new railway line, on which it will be possible to travel at up to 300km per hour. The contract includes the 2 construction of approximately 14km of tunnel, excavated also with the use of Tbm (Tunnel Boring Machine), 6km of viaducts and approximately 5km of artificial tunnels. Also planned is the construction of a crossroads in Romagnano for the interconnection of the new line with the existing line which goes from Battipaglia towards Metaponto and Potenza.

For the execution of the works, Webuild indicates that it is estimated that more than 2,000 jobs will be created. Lot 3 Lercara-Caltanissetta Xirbi in Sicily involves the executive design and construction of 47km of new railway line. The contract includes the construction of over 22km of tunnels (including interconnections), also excavated with the use of TBMs, as well as 11km of viaducts, 32km of connected roads and the modernization of the Vallelunga station. For the execution of the works, it is estimated that 1,500 people will be employed, both directly and from third parties. This new lot joins the other five that the Group has underway on the Palermo-Catania-Messina railway line, with the involvement of over 580 direct suppliers since the beginning of the works, 50% from Southern Italy and the islands.

Webuild also points out that on the Palermo-Catania line it is in fact building the Bicocca-Catenanuova, Nuova Enna-Dittaino and Caltanissetta Xirbi-Nuova Enna sections, while on the Messina-Catania line, it is building the Taormina-Giampilieri and Fiumefreddo-Taormina/Letojanni lots. The Webuild Group is currently engaged in some of the major sustainable mobility and high-speed projects in progress in Italy such as, for example, the Third Pass of the Giovi-Node of Genoa, the high-speed high-capacity that will connect Genoa to Milan and which includes the Tunnel di Valico, which with its 27km will be the longest railway tunnel in Italy. It is also building significant sections of the Naples-Bari high-speed line, which will link Campania to Puglia, guaranteeing new growth and development for the territories crossed.