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The WHSD is a major road project through St. Petersburg creating a seaborne shortcut from north to south of the city. COWI's involvement is on the last and most challenging section – 11.575 km of bridge in the marine environment just outside the centre of St. Petersburg.
“COWI’s role is to act as an independent engineer and design reviewer. Furthermore COWI will be responsible for construction control where we have teamed up with a St. Petersburg based company as subconsultant. COWI has worked with this consultant on a previous project and this has been instrumental in the tender process,” says COWI's Managing Director in Russia, Sergey Stepanischev.
The project includes two signature cable-stayed bridges and is scheduled to be completed in 2016. The contract was signed in late February and with a three years implementation plan it is on an extremely tight schedule for such a major project.
“COWI began the work in early March and we have mobilized the initial team members who will be complimented by others as the work load increases,” says Stepanischev.
For more than 80 years, COWI has pushed the boundaries for design of major bridges.
“Today, we are a world leader in major bridge engineering with signature projects such as the Great Belt Bridge in Denmark, the Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong, the Tappan Zee Bridge in US and many others. COWI is indeed the right experienced partner to choose for this high profile project,“says Senior Project Director for COWI Bridge, Ejgil Veje.
Veje adds that COWI’s Project Manager on major bridges, Robert Uthwatt, has now been transferred from South Korea to St. Petersburg to manage the WHSD transportation project.
WHSD is one of the largest and most significant Public Private Partnerships PPP contracts developed so far in Russia and is of strategic importance for the transport system in the city of St. Petersburg.
“We are very pleased to have been assigned for this high profile project, which falls within COWI's strategy to expand our activities in Russia in the transportation sector,” says COWI's Senior Vice President for China, the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe, Mogens Heering.
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The new transportation link (as marked on left side of map)
The project is organised as a Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) between the city of St. Petersburg and the concessionaire NCH (Northern Capital Highway LCC) formed by major Russian Banks, including Gazprom and VTB Capital. The construction works will be performed by a joint Turkish-Italian consortium, ICA Ictas-Astaldi under an EPC contract by NCH.
Western High Speed Diameter is Russia's first toll road in a city. It is a 46 km highway, consisting of three sections connecting the north, centre and south of St. Petersburg. WHSD will significantly reduce traffic pressure on urban highways for the inhabitants inside the city as well as for people driving through the city.
Completion: June 2016Construction cost: 2.2 billion Euros