PHILADELPHIA and PRISTINA, Kosovo (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hill International (NYSE:HIL), delivering the infrastructure of change, announced it was awarded a contract by Kosovo Railways JSC (INFRAKOS) to provide supervision services for Phase 2 of the rehabilitation and upgrade of Rail Route 10.
Rail Route 10 connects Kosovo’s railway network with the regional and pan-European network and was last overhauled 40 years ago. Phase 1 of the Route 10 project, which Hill also supports, involves a span connecting Fushë Kosovë, just outside of Pristina in central Kosovo, with North Macedonia. Phase 2 involves rehabilitating and upgrading a 34.4 km segment of the route from Fushë Kosovë north to Mitrovicë. These efforts aim to secure the long-term future of the line while increasing traffic safety and enabling a higher operating speed. Work at Fushë Kosovë station includes passenger facilities, a freight station, maintenance workshops, and a locomotive depot.
As part of an international consortium, Hill will provide construction management technical and financial supervision of the works for the project in accordance with the FIDIC Conditions of Contract and relevant national legislation.
“We are happy to continue our mission to support sustainable development in Kosovo,” says Hill Vice President and Managing Director for the Balkans Panagiotis Methenitis. “With Phase 2 of Rail Route 10, our teams in Kosovo are currently supervising more than 100 km of railway rehabilitation in the country. Once executed, these rail projects will improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Kosovars.”
Raouf Ghali, Hill’s Chief Executive Officer, adds: “Hill has been supporting INFRAKOS on Phase 1 of the Rail Route 10 project since 2019. With this win, our local team in Kosovo demonstrates that Hill’s best sales pitch is our services. Their great work has expanded our presence in Kosovo and reinforced Hill’s reputation throughout the Balkans and Europe.”