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FCC wins Colombian tunnel role

Spanish contractor FCC has secured a key role on a 392M euro (£280M) tunnel project in Colombia.

The firm will design, construct, operate and maintain the Toyo tunnel in Urabá Port, some 80km from the city of Medellín.

The Government of Antioquia awarded the project to a consortium led by FCC, which has a 40% share, and a group of local businesspeople.

The six-year building phase of the scheme will see a new 41km-long, two-lane road constructed, as well as a dual carriageway section through the mountains of western Antioquia.

Once the Toyo tunnel is open, along with other improvements, the journey between the capital of Antioquia and Urabá will be cut from six hours to three and a half.

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