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Femern seeks international contractors for £4.6bn crossing

Project promoter Femern is seeking interest from international contractors in bidding for work on the €5.5bn (£4.58bn) Fehmarnbelt crossing.

The preferred scheme has emerged as an 18km immersed tunnel under the Fehmarnbelt between Denmark and Germany and construction works are planned to be divided into four major civil works contracts.

Femern is now inviting international construction firms to an industry day in Copenhagen on 21 March. The purpose is to provide further information about the project and to lay the groundwork for potential partnerships and joint ventures among the participants.

“The announcement sends out a message that the project is now underway and that pre-qualification and the time for tender invitations is close,” said Femern technical director Steen Lykke. “In other words, it’s now that the international construction companies should pay attention to the upcoming projects. We’re anticipating strong interest from contractors worldwide and especially those from Europe.”

The contracts

The four civil works contracts are

  1. Dredging of the seabed and land reclamation
  2. Construction of the northern section of the tunnel
  3. Construction of the southern section of the tunnel
  4. Construction of portal structures, ramps and associated land facilities

Due to the size and complexity of the Fehmarnbelt project, it is expected that large international contractors will form consortia in order to bid for the contracts. The overall construction estimate is £4.58bn in 2008 prices.

In the Official Journal of the European Union an announcement from Femern states the planned division of individual construction projects for the fixed link between Rødbyhavn and Puttgarden.

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