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ALPINE LANDS 245 MILLION EURO CONTRACT TO BUILD HIGHWAY IN POLAND

10/08/2010

ALPINE LANDS 245 MILLION EURO CONTRACT TO BUILD HIGHWAY IN POLAND

ALPINE Bau GmbH, a subsidiary of FCC operating in Central and Eastern Europe, continues to chalk up successes in Poland. The Salzburg-based construction company won the contract to build the S5 expressway in Poland under a joint venture consisting of ALPINE, PBG S.A Posen and its subsidiaries Aprivia S.A. and Hydrobudowa Polska S.A.

Alpine, the Austrian subsidiary of citizen services group FCC (controlled by Esther Koplowitz), will be in charge of the project. It consists of building a highway between Posen, which will host the inaugural match of the UEFA EURO 2012, and Wroclaw; it includes bypasses around the cities of Bojanowa and Rawicza.

ALPINE was one of 11 consortia bidding for the project. The GDDKiA (federal highway administration in Warsaw) is the client. The gross contract value is 948.23 million Polish zlotys (currently equivalent to 245 million euro).

"Winning this challenging highway contract impressively underlines ALPINE's competitiveness and competence," says Dr. Peter Preindl, CEO of ALPINE Bau GmbH. The 29-km section of expressway will be widened to four lanes. A 9-km district road will also be built perpendicular to the project. ALPINE currently employs more than 3000 people in Poland.

Success in Poland
In addition to executing traffic infrastructure projects, the company demonstrated its competence in stadium construction: it has three stadiums under construction for the UEFA EURO 2012 soccer championship. The contract to build the Danzig University's Department of Chemistry is another prestigious contract obtained this year. And the company won the award for the Construction Site of the Year 2009 in the category of rehabilitation for the refurbishment of the Hala Ludowa" hall in Wroclaw.

In April, Alpine was awarded a contract to build the central bus station in Hatvan (Hungary). The two-storey terminal, with roofed bus arrival and departure bays, will be one of Hungary's most modern transport installations. The reinforced concrete building will accommodate up to 18 buses at a time and will be surrounded by approximately 5,500 square metres of green area.

Railway infrastructure
Large project execution and tunnel construction are also specialities of ALPINE. Early this year, ALPINE was awarded a contract to build a city railway tunnel in Karlsruhe, Germany. The project is worth 588 million euro, of which 310 million euro will correspond to FCC.
The project is a technical milestone and logistical challenge since, apart from the classic construction work, some 35 kilometres of supply lines must be rehabilitated while keeping the roads above ground open to traffic. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

ALPINE is also building two railway tunnels in Germany for Bahn AG, Germany's railway operator, for a total of nearly 122 million euro: the Baumleite and Kaiser Wilhelm tunnels.

With construction revenues of 3.4 billion euro in 2009 and a staff of 15,234, FCC subsidiary ALPINE is the second largest construction company in Austria.