SICE, as part of the Well-Connected Consortium, was awarded with the construction of a 5 km highway, including a 2.5 km long tunnel in Auckland (New Zealand). This tunnel will complete the connection in Auckland’s west ring road, connecting the SH20 at MT Roskil land SH16, giving an alternative route to the SH1 and the Auckland Harbor Bridge. This project is the biggest and most complex that has been made in New Zealand, being the longest tunnel in the country.
SICE has been involved in the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of the electromechanical equipment and the traffic control systems, including SIDERA SCADA control software, in all 3 lanes of the 5 km highway and the 2.5 km double bore tunnel.
SICE has developed its tunnel integral management system (SIDERA OMCS) for the project, controlling both the traffic (ATM) and also the site equipment (PMCS).
SICE provides its international experience managing and operating tunnels, including its capacity to handle any kind of adverse situations.
The project has enabled SICE to closely work with the New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA), responsible of administering the New Zealand state highway network.
Once the tunnel opens, scheduled for 2017, the 10 year Operation & Maintenance period for the tunnel and 5 km highway managed by SICE and WCA will commence. SICE has stood out in this project thanks to its extensive international experience in the operation of tunnels. During the last two years both companies have worked closely in the planning of the Operation & Maintenance tasks for the next 10 years.