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February 23, 2015

Keller selected for tunnel works in Koralm railway project

UK-based ground engineering specialist Keller has received a €31.2m contract in connection with the construction of the Koralm railway line between Graz and Klagenfurt, in southern Austria.

By Samseer M

UK-based ground engineering specialist Keller has received a €31.2m contract in connection with the construction of the Koralm railway line between Graz and Klagenfurt, Austria.

Under this two-year contract, Keller will be responsible for jet grouting, bored piling and anchor works.

These works will be part of the soil preparation works above and beneath ground for the construction of a major tunnel project on this Austrian railway line.

 "This contract win is a testament to the technical excellence of Keller’s market-leading business in Austria."

The project is expected to start in the second quarter of this year.

Keller chief executive Justin Atkinson said: "This contract win, which involves a number of different products and requires significant specialist skills, is a testament to the technical excellence of Keller’s market-leading business in Austria."

The Koralm railway line is part of the 2,400km trans-European Baltic-Adriatic Corridor that stretches from Gdansk and Gdynia on the northern coast of Poland to Bologna and Ravenna in northern Italy.

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This high-speed rail project, which is estimated to cost €11bn, includes 130km of double-track electrified line, 12 stations and a 32.9km-long tunnel.

The Koralm line will between Klagenfurt and Graz, the respective capital cities of Austrian states Carinthia and Styria, is expected to reduce the travel time between the cities from three hours to less than an hour.

The line is expected to be fully operational by 2023.

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