ACCIONA has received the “Operational PPP of the Year” award for the A-30 highway in Canada during the gala dinner of the Global PPP of the Year Awards organised by P3 Bulletin in Madrid on 4 June.
The award, which recognises the outstanding operation carried out by the company last year, was collected by Alberto Díaz del Río, Global Head of Origination & Partnering of ACCIONA’s concessions business.
ACCIONA has previously received other important awards in the concessions sector for the A-30 highway, including the “Project Financing Gold Award” from The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and “North America Deal of the Year” from PFI (Project Finance Magazine).
The winning project: Autoroute 30
The contract, awarded to ACCIONA and ACS, included the design, construction and financing of a 42 km highway and the subsequent operation of 74 km, comprised of the new section and a second existing section of 32 km.
The A-30 highway in the city of Montreal (Canada) has numerous unique features, such as the tunnel under the Soulanges Canal, or two major bridges – the 1,860 metre bridge over the Saint Lawrence River, and the 2,550 metre bridge over the Beauharnois Canal.The latter has broken two North American records – for the longest incrementally-launched bridge and the longest single span launch.
This project generated around 18,900 direct and indirect jobs during the works execution period, which ended in 2012. Furthermore, thanks to its objective of bypassing Montreal’s metropolitan area, the highway reduces the volume of traffic crossing the island that is home to Canada’s second-largest city.