Brenner Base Tunnel Article in CPi

There’s a lot riding on the construction of one of the longest tunnels in the world.

When completed, the nearly 64 km (40 mi) long rail passage of the Brenner Base Tunnel (BBT) will enable all freight shipping, which passes through a gorgeous Alpine stretch in Italy and Austria, to get off the road and instead travel underground by rail. BBT will transform the region by relieving snarling traffic jams while significantly lessening thick air pollution. It will also accommodate high-speed passenger trains and bring greater economic development opportunities to the area.
With transnational commerce and Alpine tourism depending on an efficient train line, all eyes will be on Isocell Precompressi SpA as it helps create the Italian side of the tunnel. The Italian prefabrication company is producing the precast tunnel segments that serve as a critical physical framework: concrete structures which prevent the tunnel from collapsing.
Tunnels support massive amounts of weight, so the concrete that forms those liners must be of an exacting standard. The concrete also must arrive on time. Facing tight deadlines and needing substantial amounts of quality concrete, Isocell selected Simem SpA as its concrete batching plant partner. Isocell recognized that the concrete production equipment manufacturer would easily meet the demands of such a high-pressure job.

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