Dublin Airport has awarded the main contract for the construction of its new g320 million runway to a joint Irish-Spanish venture.
Irish firm Roadbridge and Spanish infrastructure company FCC Construccion were announced as the winners of the bid to build the 3.1km runway.
Construction is set to get under way immediately and it is scheduled for completion by early 2021.
The contract includes the construction of 306,000 square metres of runway and taxiways, and 6km of new internal airport roads, as well as installing new drainage and pollution controls, 7.5km of electrical cable, and more than 2,000 new runway and taxiway lights.
Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) said its new north runway will be built at no cost to the state as DAA is not funded by the taxpayer.
However, it is expected to create 31,200 new Irish jobs and f2.2 billion in additional economic activity by 2043.
DAA chief executive Dalton Philips said the authority was delighted to be awarding the contract and moving to the next phase of the plan.
“North Runway is an essential project for Ireland, as it will position the country for future economic growth for many decades to come,” Mr Philips said.
“North Runway isn’t Dublin’s new runway, it is Ireland’s new runway, and it will boost the performance of Irish tourism, trade and foreign direct investment in a post-Brexit world.”
Roadbridge managing director Conor Gilligan said the Limerick-based company was honoured to be part of the consortium that will build the runway.
“We are thrilled to be involved with such a prestigious and vital national project,” he said.
FCC’s UK & Ireland director Miguel Angel Mayor said FCC had a strong track record in Ireland and looked forward to working closely with DAA to build the runway.
“We have been operating successfully in Ireland for many years and also have significant experience of runway construction both in Europe and South America, having built more than 4.5 million square metres of airport runways,” he added.
About 300 construction jobs will be created onsite during the project, with hundreds more in sub-supply firms offsite.