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Bungle on the Brenner Base Tunnel: five years delay? - Zoff escalated with construction company


The completion of the Brenner Base Tunnel threatens to be postponed for a few years. The reason is a violent dispute between a construction company and the client.

The completion of the Brenner Base Tunnel threatens to be postponed for a few years.

The reason is a violent dispute between a construction company and the client.

  • The completion of the Brenner Base Tunnel is delayed.

  • A fierce dispute has broken out between the client and the construction company.

  • It should now take up to five years longer.

When construction of the

Brenner Base Tunnel


in 2009

, it was said that in 2028 it would be so far that it would be possible to travel by train from Munich to Verona in four hours - one and a half hours faster than before.

Different positions of the railways south and north of the Brenner had already caused a delay of a good year.

Now a


dispute between a construction company and the construction company


to delay the project again.

The company


the Brenner Base Tunnel, BBT SE, announced on Wednesday that it had terminated the construction contract concluded in 2018 for the 15-kilometer section between Pfons and Brenner with the H51 consortium.

The latter is an amalgamation of construction companies around the Viennese construction giant Porr AG, which was awarded the contract for the 966 million expensive section.

Three kilometers of the tunnel are already finished.

"The main reason for the termination of the contract is the final refusal to provide services and delays in several central contractual points and the loss of


that has

now occurred

", BBT SE explains the drastic step.

Bad news at the Brenner base tunnel: BBT Tunnelbau-Gesellschaft terminates the contract with the construction consortium that was to create the Pfons-Brenner construction lot.

Background: dispute over the wall thickness of the tunnel.

Austrian media are already speculating about a delay of 3-5 years.

- Dirk Walter (@dwmerkur) October 28, 2020

Brenner base tunnel: will the construction contract be re-tendered?

The consortium is of the opinion that the concrete parts (tubbing) ordered by the client, from which the tunnel wall is made, are planned to be 40 centimeters too thin.

They suggested "a cost-neutral solution" with more stable segments, but received no answer to this offer.

Porr CEO Karl-Heinz Strauss on Wednesday: "For at least two years now, the board of directors and supervisory board of BBT SE have known that they

made a mistake in the tender


would endanger the safety of the tunnel." Hide management mistakes.

In any case, she wants to re-tender the construction contract.

According to Kurier, experts assume that the completion of the mega-tunnel "will easily set back three to five years".

J. Welte

Brenner: Longest railway tunnel in the world

The 55 kilometer long Brenner Base Tunnel begins on the southern outskirts of Innsbruck and passes under the main Alpine ridge east of the Brenner Pass 1720 meters below the surface and ends at Franzensfeste 11 kilometers north of Brixen.

Since it connects to the Innsbruck bypass, which begins in Tulfes,

the longest railway tunnel in the world

is being built at

64 kilometers


The tunnel is intended to relieve the highways of freight and passenger traffic, critics doubt that both can be done with a tunnel.

The construction costs were initially estimated at 8.384 billion euros.

Speed ​​limits do not apply to electric cars on some Austrian motorways.

However, only for those with Austrian registration.

That could violate EU law.

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Source: merkur

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