Egis has been awarded an Award of Merit for its participation in the design and construction of the Saint-Martin-de-la-Porte reconnaissance works (SMP4 contract), the aim of which is to determine the feasibility of the future Lyon-Turin Euralpine Tunnel (TELT) in its most sensitive section.
After reviewing all the entries, the Awards Jury identified the project led by Egis as one of the 30 winning projects that met the high criteria for receiving an Award of Merit in the 2023 FIDIC Project Awards.
Commenting on the list of winners, Jury Chairman and former FIDIC President William Howard said: "Once again this year, the wide range and quality of entries we received from around the world gave the Jury a challenging task in selecting the deserving projects for the FIDIC Project Awards 2023. The shortlisted projects reflect the excellence of the work of consulting engineers and the value that the engineering, construction and infrastructure industry as a whole brings to society by delivering world-class projects that make such a positive difference to people's lives."
Of these 30 projects, 16 have also been shortlisted for the Award of Excellence, which will be presented at a gala dinner in Singapore on Tuesday 12 September 2023, in honour of the 110th anniversary of FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers.
Egis in charge of the SMP4 worksite
The work at Saint-Martin-La-Porte was a new stage in the construction of the 57.5 km Franco-Italian tunnel, the main structure of the cross-border section of the future Lyon-Turin rail link, for which the feasibility of crossing the Houiller Productif area had yet to be proven. The work included the tunnel boring of a 9 km section of the southern tube of the base tunnel linking the existing access tunnels at Saint-Martin-la-Porte and La Praz, as well as a 1.3 km section cut through the heart of the dreaded Houiller Productif. The aim of this work was to verify the geological hypotheses and gain the experience required to excavate the base tunnel in the Houiller Productif zone.
Egis was the main contractor for this project. In particular, our teams were responsible for the design and then for the on-site supervision of the works, taking into account both the design changes that arose during construction due to the geological and geotechnical complexities encountered, and the aspects of respect for the environment, quality, safety, budget and schedule.
TELT, a European project
The Lyon-Turin railway line will be one of the major rail corridors for freight and passengers planned by the European Union to facilitate north-south and east-west traffic by reducing the Alpine barrier. The Lyon-Turin line is part of a Mediterranean corridor linking Spain to Italy and then to Eastern Europe. Egis is the main contractor for several of the project's work packages, bringing a wide range of expertise from the Egis Group (tunnelling, geotechnical, environmental, etc.).