Project round-up: 7 of the latest announcements from around Europe

By Dan Colombini01 December 2021

The past month has seen healthy activity on Europe’s project front, as we approach the end of 2021.

From updates on milestones and new projects announced through to winning bidders, we bring you a round-up of the latest activity…

Züblin to expand German submarine facility

Construction work is underway on a new shipbuilding facility at the port of Kiel in northern Germany.

The port of Kiel in northern Germany. Image courtesy Adobe Images

Within the scope of the contract – valued in the high double-digit million-euro range – Strabag subsidiary Züblin will construct a submarine production facility and a seven-storey administrative building for thyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

The 32m-tall facility with a floor area of 15,390m2 will be built by Züblin Stuttgart (responsible for structural engineering) and Züblin North (responsible for civil engineering and port construction).

North Macedonia launches €270m solar project

The government of North Macedonia has revealed plans for a new photovoltaic project with a capacity of between 350 to 400MW and a value of around €270m.

The facility will be built in Stipion by Paris-based Akuo Energy via local firm Ostro Solar, according to the North Macedonian government.

Russia to build €2bn deep-sea port

A new RUB170 billion (€2 billion) transhippment seaport is to be built on Russia’s west coast, on the Baltic Sea.

Said to be the first deep-water complex in the region, the development of the “Primorksy UPK” facility will enable Russian to increase the amount of foreign trade cargo it exports.

Construction of the port, located north of St. Petersberg in the coastal town of Primorsk, will be carried out by Primorsky Universal Transshipment Complex.

‘Huge disappointment’ in HS2 project changes

Earlier this month, contractors expressed disappointment in the UK government’s decision to eliminate the Birmingham to Leeds section of the HS2 high speed rail project.

The changes to the UK’s HS2 project have been met with controversy. Image courtesy HS2, www.johnzammit.co.uk and Absolute Photography

Known as the ‘Eastern Leg’, the extension to the London-Birmingham HS2 line would have linked the Midlands and with Leeds by running through parts of South and West Yorkshire.

Digital twin created for €4.7bn London development

Sensat, a developer of collaboration software for civil infrastructure, has created a digital twin of a new 21 hectare development in Canada Water, London.

Created in partnership with development and investment company British Land and information management firm Amodal, the visualisation of the entire site is intended to be part of a ‘golden threat’ of connected data - giving planning teams the opportunity to coordinate processes over the length of the €4.7 billion project.

Jacobs wins major Czech nuclear contracts

US engineering firm gets the green light to tackle two long-term nuclear waste projects.

Jacobs has been selected by two Czech Republic authorities, to undertake projects incorporating radioactive waste management.

The country’s national utility, ČEZ, has commissioned the US-headquartered engineering firm to treat and solidify 250 million tonnes of radioactive sludge, before transporting it in drums to a long-term storage facility.

The project is set to run for approximately five years.

Züblin in for Frankfurt skyscraper

A consortium of Züblin and Dobler Metallbau has been commissioned to build a new 205m-tall skyscraper in Frankfurt.

Precise details on the price of the contract have not been released, but Strabag, Züblin’s Austrian parent company, said it would be in the mid-three-digit-million-euro range.

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