TELT awards materials handling contract

8 February 2024

Tunnel Euralpin Lyon-Turin (TELT) has awarded the €648m contract for the reuse of excavated material from the Mont Cenis base tunnel in Italy.

Under the contract, CO 10, a consortium of Piedmontese companies Cogeis, CO.GE.FA., TRA.MA, Cavit, MS Plant Technology and Swiss company Hupac Intermodal, will manage the logistics and reuse. TELT said choosing one company capable of both processes was in line with its circular economy ethos.

It is estimated that more than 50% of the 7 million tons of rocks extracted on the Italian side of the tunnel will be reused on the project, including for railway embankments and in the production of concrete for the lining segments of the main tunnels. Material that cannot be repurposed will be transported by train to Torrazza Piemonte and Caprie, where it will be used as fill for disused quarries.

Work on the Italian section of the Mont Cenis base tunnel started late last year. UXT, a consortium of Itinera, Ghella and Spie Batignolle, is responsible for the tunnelling works between Maddalena di Chiomonte and Susa.

Once completed, the 57.5km Mont Cenis base tunnel – 12.5 km in Italy and 45km in France – will be one of the longest rail tunnels in the world.