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Ferrovial Agroman furthers internationalisation strategy with award of Highways D4 and R7 in Slovakia

Category: General / 21 July 2016

Ferrovial Agroman has successfully completed an important step in its expansion strategy following the award of the D4 and R7 Highways project in Slovakia worth 860m€.


London, 20/07/2016.- Ferrovial, through subsidiary Cintra Infraestructuras, has achieved financial closure of the Bratislava bypass, in Slovakia, with a syndicate of eight financial institutions, including Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and European Investment Bank (EIB). The total projected investment is 975 million euro.

The design and build of the 27 kilometre highway (D4) and the 32km radial highway will be completed by the consortium between Ferrovial Agroman and the Austrian construction company PORR.

Ignacio Clopes, Ferrovial Agroman Director for Europe, Asia, and Australia, said: "The award of the D4-R7 Highways PPP scheme in Bratislava is an important leap forward in Ferrovial Agroman's international expansion. This is our first partnership with the Austrian company PORR, our first project in Slovakia and I have no doubt the whole scheme will serve as a benchmark for design and innovation in Central Europe's challenging construction market."

The D4 will involve construction of 27 km of new multi-lane carriageway between Jarovce and Raca, creating a beltway to the east of the city. The R7 is a new 32km radial highway with 2-3 lanes each way, running in a south-easterly direction from the city centre. The entire scheme also involves the construction of 9 interchanges and almost 100 bridges and bridge structures, including a new 3km long bridge crossing the River Danube.

Enrique Nieto, Construction Director for Ireland, Scotland and Slovakia said: "The engineering solution we have offered our client responds directly to the specific technical needs and complications of the project. The fact that we will be working within Natura 2000, the ecological network of protected areas, coupled with the sheer scale of imported material on this project, 7.5 million m3 of earthworks, requires innovative construction methodologies. The complexity of the project is further heightened by the number of structures on the project and the location of these. A particularly exciting element of the scheme is the new bridge crossing the river Danube. This is the beginning of a beneficial and positive relationship for our client, the communities in Bratislava as well as both companies."

This project will improve traffic conditions and facilitate journeys between countries in the region, which will boost the potential for economic development, job creation and the local supply chain.

Ferrovial, via subsidiaries Cintra Infraestructuras and Ferrovial Agroman, will participate in the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance, under concession, of 60 km of the D4 and R7 highways in Slovakia. The concession, based on availability payments, will run for 30 years from the end of construction.

In February 2016, the consortium "Obchvat Nula" (Zero Bypass), formed of Cintra, Macquarie Capital and PORR AG, was chosen as preferred bidder by Slovakia's Ministry of Transport. Subsequently, commercial closure was achieved at the end of May 2016.

About Ferrovial

Ferrovial is one of the world's leading infrastructure operators and municipal services companies, committed to developing sustainable solutions. The company has 65,000 employees and a presence in over 25 countries. Its main business areas are: Services, Toll Roads, Construction and Airports. It is a member of Spain's blue-chip IBEX 35 index and is also included in prestigious sustainability indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good.

Ferrovial Agroman is the construction arm and manages major, complex, multidisciplinary design and construction projects around the world, in sectors including rail, highways, tunnels, marine, airports and energy. With a presence in 23 countries, the company is internationally renowned for its design capacity and construction of exceptional projects of all kinds.

Cintra is among the world's leading private sector developers of transportation infrastructure in terms of the number of projects and the volume of investment. It currently manages over 2,100 kilometres of toll roads in 28 concessions in the Americas, Oceania and Europe. Cintra is the largest shareholder in the 407 ETR concessionaire, in Ontario, Canada, with a stake of 43.23%.

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