RFI awards 616-million-euro tender for Sicily railway section

An rendered image of one of the viaducts on the Enna-Dittaino section. 2022, Webuild

Rete Ferroviaria Italiana has awarded the tender for the Enna-Dittaino section of the Palermo-Catania-Messina line in Sicily. The tender carried a value of more than 616 million euros and is partially financed by Italy’s National Recovery and Resilience fund.

The award was made to a consortium headed by the Webuild group and Impresa Pizzarotti, who have a 70 and 30-precent share in the work, respectively.

The section of railway is called ‘Lot 4b’ and has a total length of 15 kilometres. Despite the relatively short length, the construction effort calls for 3 tunnels for a total length of 8,5 kilometres, and 5 viaducts for a combined length of 2 kilometres.

According to Webuild, which is also responsible for the Bicocca-Catenanuova section of the Palermo-Catania-Messina line, the construction effort will result in 650 new local jobs and a supply chain of about 100 local firms.

Once completed, the new line will ensure a reduction of travel time between Palermo and Catania to under 2 hours, RFI says.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Chief Editor, RailTech.com

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