Spanish-Italian JV picked for €650m railway round Mount Etna

Mount Etna railway
Mount Etna, Sicily, with Catania in the foreground (BenAveling/CC BY-SA 4.0)

The Italian Ministry for Infrastructure and Transport has chosen a team to finance, design, and build a 10.6km section of a Sicilian railway with a development value of about €650m. 

The project is part of the 110km Ferrovia Circumetnea that circles Mount Etna near the city of Catania. It was built in 1898, and is operated by a company of the same name that is separate from Rete Ferroviaria Italiana, which runs the rest of the island’s network.

SIS, a joint venture between Turin-based investment company Fininc and Spanish public–private partnership specialist Sacyr, will share the project, with the former owning 51% of the equity.

The line will run through the city of Catania in eastern Sicily, from Misterbianco station and the Ardizzone tunnel. This element is worth €532m. There will be an additional 900m section from the tunnel to Paternò station, which is expected to cost €113m.

Altogether, the line will have four underground sections and above-ground sections; including five stations: Giaconia, Belpasso, Valcorrente, Gullotta and Paternò. There will also be two train sheds.

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