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CMC wins tunnelling contract in Lebanon

Italian construction firm CMC di Ravenna has won a tunnelling contract in Lebanon, worth around £126M (€165M).

The contract, awarded by Lebanon’s Council for Development and Reconstruction, involves the excavation of approximately 24km of tunnels and transfer lines for Beirut’s water supply. CMC will use two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) for the excavation.

In a statement, the company said: “This award testifies CMC capacity in the technologically complex sector of excavation employing TBM, where it will operate using 16 machines during 2015, both in Italy and abroad.”

The World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development will provide partial funding for the project.

The scheme is part of the Greater Beirut Water Supply Project to improve the supply of drinkable water in the region.

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