Bidders for the Fehmarnbelt link tunnelling contracts will be required to come up with innovative industrialised processes for standard element production, project bosses said last week.
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Speaking at the industry day, Femern contracts director Kim Smedegaard Andersen said that lessons should be learned from the immersed tunnels for the Øresund, Busan-Geoje and Hong Kong-Macau link projects, which he referred to as the first, second and third generation projects of industrialised tunnel element production.
“We see those projects… tunnel elements as something where you can get good ideas and how was it done before, because we see this project as being industrialised too,” said Smedegaard. “So it will be a good idea to look into first, second and third generation of industrialised tunnel elements, because we want you to do the fourth generation.”
He is seeking a simplification of production method for these standard elements, of which there are expected to be around 80, each 217m long. “We truly believe contractors are able to contribute ideas for that,” technical director Steen Lykke told NCE.