Austrian construction firm Alpine, together with its German joint-venture partner H F Wiebe, has won a contract to rebuild 24km of the north-south railway line in Macedonia.
The EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) will finance the entire €7m required to rehabilitate the railway line, which will form part of the Pan-European Corridor X.
The deal includes the rehabilitation and cleaning of the ballast bed and replacing the existing wooden ties with modern concrete ties.
Under the deal, new tracks will be built on the 12km single-track sections, from Tabanovce to Kumanovo in the north and from Miravci to Smokvica in the south of Macedonia.
Corridor X is the main north-south route in the country, providing a connection to Serbia and onwards to Europe in the north, and to Greece in the south.
The EBRD extended a €17.6m loan to Macedonia in 2010 to finance the track renewal programme. The loan was allocated to upgrade 53km of track along three sections of Corridor X: Tabanovce to Kumanovo, Nogaevci to Negotino and Miravci to Smokvica.
The project was planned to be implemented by the Macedonian public enterprise for rail infrastructure (PERI) in support of country’s railway reform programme.
The Pan-European Corridor X, which starts in Salzburg and leads through Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia to Thessaloniki, Greece, links central and southern Europe over a length of 2,500km.
Alpine is a member of the FCC group and has built roads, motorways, power plants, stadiums, railways and subways, bridges, residential, commercial and industrial buildings worldwide.
Last month, Alpine and its partners Hochtief and Wayss & Freytag won a €290m contract from Deutsche Bahn to build the Bad Cannstatt tunnel, as part of the Stuttgart 21 project in Germany.