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Hochtief wins £812M Dutch PPP

Contractor Hochtief-led consortium has today won a public private partnership PPP contract to construct, upgrade and operate a major link road near Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

The Dutch government has awarded the €1bn (£812M) plus contract lasting 25 years for the Amsterdam-Almere highway link. The consortium will plan, finance and build a section of the A1 and a section connecting the A6.

The 20km stretch of motorway is one of the most important routes leading into the Dutch capital. Construction will include widen the A1/A6 sections to five lanes between Muiderberg and Hollandse Brug as well as widening the section to Alemere Havendreef on the A6.

Two new complex bridge structures, an aqueduct and railway bridge will also be constructed as part of the project.

Hochtief owns 35 percent of the PPP venture. Other partners on the project are Dutch contractors Boskalis and VolkerWessels, and the institutional investor Dutch Infrastructure Fund. Financial close is expected in February 2013.

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