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Vinci JV wins £780M Paris metro contract

Paris metro sign crop

A Vinci/Spie Batignolles joint venture has won the £780M contract to build Line 15 south, part of the Grand Paris Express metro network.

It is the latest major contract to be awarded after Bouygues and geotechnical and Vinci geotechnical specialist subsidiary Soletanche Bachy won an £830M contract to build part of the extension of Line 14.

Work on Line 15 south includes an 8.2km tunnel between Fort d’Issy-Vanves-Clamart and Villejuif Louis Aragon. Two 10m diameter tunnel boring machines will operate simultaneously. The project also includes five stations and eight shafts.

The contract was awarded by metro developer Société du Grand Paris and the work will last 70 months.

Tunnelling will involve excavating 3.2M.t of material and placing of more than 470,000m³ of concrete.

Vinci chairman and chief executive Xavier Huillard said: “The Grand Paris Express project is strategically important for the future and the economic development of the Greater Paris area. It will create jobs, open up regions and release energies.”

In total eight civil engineering contracts have gone out to tender.

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