Webuild Bags Contract for Orsara-Hirpinia of Naples-Bari Railway
Webuild Group has won a contract for the executive design and construction of the Orsara-Hirpinia section of the Napoli-Bari high-speed railway worth EUR 1.075 billion, which also include safety costs The works, which will be managed by Webuild for client Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (Gruppo FS Italiane), will be done by a consortium in which the Group is leader, with a 70% stake, together with partner Pizzarotti (30%). The new result follows the recent awarding of another section of 11.8 kilometres of the same line between Orsara and Bovino for a value of EUR367.2 million.
The project, which will allow for the creation of 15,000 jobs, represents the latest contribution by the Group to the development of sustainable mobility in Italy, especially in the southern region, which the country is pursuing with greater determination, also with new investments in southern Italy by means of the resources of the Piano Nazionale di Ripresa and Resilienza (National Plan of Recovery and Resilience). The investments will have a significant impact on the modernisation of the country’s infrastructure and employment.
The contract for the Orsara-Hirpinia section is part of the upgrading of the railway between Naples and Bari to prepare it to become part of the fifth corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) that would run between Helsinki and Valetta. The railway project has been identified as a priority under the government’s so-called Sblocca Italia (Unlock Italy) decree that is assigning investments to strategic infrastructure.
The new Orsara-Hirpinia section will be about 28 kilometres long and run mostly in a tunnel for about 27 kilometres. The speed at which the trains will be able to reach along the new line is 250 kilometres per hour apart from when they are at the open extremities where they will reach 200 kilometres per hour. The Bovino-Orsara section will open temporarily with the construction of a temporary link to the historic line next to the current Orsara station. Work on the Orsara-Hirpinia will begin, on the Bari side, next to the railway already built for the Bovino-Orsara section with the demolition of the temporary rail link to the historic line and the development of the Orsara station. After a brief raised section there is the Cervaro Viaduct about 314 metres after which, on the Naples side, begins the Hirpinia tunnel of 27 kilometres in length.