Italian Group Wins €963m Motorway Contract

A consortium led by Salini Impregilo Group will construct the first section of the new Libyan coastal motorway for a total value of approximately €963 million. The Salini Impregilo Group has a 58% share in the contract, while the project will create 2,000 jobs.

The contract, financed by the Italian government, includes a performance bond of 2% and an advance of 15% equivalent to €145 million. This Italian investment and the wider contribution of Italian industrial expertise will play a key role in relaunching the economy and driving employment.

The new motorway will run across Libya for 1,700 kilometres, from the Tunisian border to the Egyptian border, and will be funded by the Italian government within the scope of the Friendship, Partnership and Cooperation Agreement signed with the Libyan government on 30 August 2008 in Benghazi.

The first section of the coastal motorway, to be constructed by the Salini Impregilo Group, will run for approximately 400 kilometres from the city of Marj to Emsaad, on the Egyptian border.

The most significant parts of the project include the construction of 12 bridges of 2.2 kilometres in length, 8 service areas and 6 parking areas.

The Group is currently refurbishing Kufra airport.

(Source: Salini)

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One Response to Italian Group Wins €963m Motorway Contract

  1. paul bennett 13th August 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    This is good news for Libya and the construction company that has won the contract but has there been an environmental and archaeological impact assessment for the new highway. Large infrastructure schemes such as this will have a dramatic and permanent impact on archaeological sites and heritage assets in general. It is important that the route of the new road should be assessed by an archaeological team so that significant sites can be avoided or protected by good road design or preserved by record before they are destroyed by road construction. Libya has world class heritage assets that are important for her future. The assets need to be protected. Has anything been put in place to ensure that they are???

    Dr Paul Bennett, Head of Mission, Society for Libyan Studies

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