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COWI wins major transportation project in St. Petersburg

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The Western High-Speed Diameter Project (WHSD) will become a major transportation link and is one of the first Public Private Partnership projects in Russia. COWI has won an important part of this project including two signature cable-stayed bridges.

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.

Engineering with local subconsultant 

 “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.

A world leader on major bridges

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.

An important Public Private Partnership

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.

By Birgitte T. Henriksen bihe@cowi.com.

Published 25.04.13

The new transportation link (as marked on left side of map)

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