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ACCIONA Construction receives Potencia award for Follo Line tunnels

11/28/2016

The Potencia Awards recognise the best engineering projects and works, as well as civil engineering machinery.

The award was presented for construction of the twin high-speed rail tunnels that ACCIONA Construction is constructing as part of the Follo Line project in Norway.

ACCIONA Construction has won the 10th Potencia Award in the tunnels category for constructing Scandinavia’s longest railway tunnel as part of the Follo Line infrastructure project.

These awards, given by the TPI Group and Potencia magazine, recognise the best engineering projects and works of the year, as well as the best civil engineering machinery.

The jury in the Potencia Awards highlighted the importance of the project and the impact that it will have on the development of transport infrastructure in the region. It also valued aspects such as the tunnelling method used and ACCIONA’s experience of constructing tunnels and carrying out international projects.

The awards ceremony took place in Madrid yesterday and was attended by Víctor Martínez, head of the Machinery Department at ACCIONA Construction, and Pedro Rodríguez Morado, head of the coordination section in the same department. 

The Follo Line is the largest transport infrastructure initiative in Norway. Acciona Ghella Joint Venture (AGJV), the consortium that comprises ACCIONA and the Italian firm Ghella, is constructing the main section of the tunnel for the Norwegian Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) as part of this project. The works consist of a new 22 km double-track section between Oslo’s central station and the intermodal station in Ski. 

The project includes the 18.5 kilometre twin railway tunnels, drilled by four double-shield tunnel boring machines. The design of these tunnels, each with a diameter of 8.75 metres, will enable high-speed trains to travel at up to 250 kilometres per hour. 

When the works are completed in 2021, the twin railway tunnels will be the longest in Scandinavia.

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