A consortium led by Italy’s Salini Impregilo Group has won a $1.29bn contract to build the first phase of a new coastal highway in Libya.

The group, which includes Italian contractors La Societa Italiana per Condotte diAcqua, Impresa Pizzarotti and Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti, will build a 400-kilometre stretch of road from the city of Marj in Libya to Emsaad on the Egyptian border.

The work includes the construction of 12 bridges totalling 2.2km in length, eight service areas and six parking areas.

The entire highway will run across Libya for 1,700km, from the Tunisian border to the Egyptian border, and will be financed by the Italian government as part of an agreement signed between Tripoli and Rome in 2008.

The deal is the latest in a string of recent awards won by Impregilo in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region. Last month, a consortium led by Salini Impregilo won a $6bn contract to build the 40km line 3 of the Riyadh Metro.

In May, a team led by Impregilo won a $2.2bn contract to design and build the Red Line North segment of the Doha Metro. The consortium includes South Korea’s SK Engineering & Construction and the local Galfar al-Misnad Engineering and Contracting.