Brenner Basistunnel BBT SE announced on March 10 that a consortium led by Astaldi has been selected among 6 bidders to build the Mules 2-3 construction lot, worth about 1 billion Euro. The consortium comprises Astaldi spa (lead company), Ghella spa, Oberosler Cav Pietro spa, Cogeis spa, and PAC spa.
The winning bidder must prove compliance with the pertinent legal requirements and the prices offered must be checked for plausibility. Once these aspects have been verified, the final decision will be made, the contract can be signed and the works can begin in a very short space of time.
The contract includes the excavation of all the underground works from Mezzaselva (Fortezza) to Brenner: among the main works, 40.3 km of main railway tunnels and 14.7 km of exploratory tunnel.
Once it is fully operational, the construction site will employ about 400 people, plus around one hundred technicians employed by the contracting authority, the contractor itself and construction management, with all the positive effects this has on the local and national economy (the works are expected to last 7 years).
To date, over 45 km of tunnels have been driven between Innsbruck and Fortezza, meaning 20.5% of the works for the Brenner Base Tunnel.
With the start of this construction lot, BBT Se will have ongoing contracts for well over 1.8 billion Euro. Over the next nine years, when all the construction sites will be operational, investments will be made to the tune of roughly 400 million Euro a year.