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Fugro secures further A9 ground investigation contract

Exploratory drilling just off the A9 in the north of Scotland

Fugro has secured a second contract for ground investigations on Transport Scotland’s dualling of the A9 road between Inverness and Perth.

The package of geotechnical investigations involves establishing ground conditions along a 14.5km section between Tay Crossing and Killiecrankie, within the southern section of the project.

The company will carry out exploratory drilling and sampling in soil and rock. UK-based geotechnical specialists will employ offsite laboratory capabilities, as well as insitu testing.

The varying geology of the area will demand a combination of cable percussive, sonic and rotary drilling techniques, as well as the use of wireline logging to assess downhole properties.

Work on the 23-week contract has already begun, and is worth more than £1.2M. This tranche of work follows Fugro’s completion of a contract last year, worth £2.5M, consisting of broader geotechnical testing and environmental monitoring over 45km between Birnam and Glengarry.

The landmark A9 project aims to dual 129km of single carriageway before 2025, with the project estimated to cost the Scottish government £3bn.

Transport Scotland said the project aims to deliver economic growth to the area, through shortening journey times and increasing road safety between Perth and the Highlands.

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