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International contractors wanted for £4bn Danish-German tunnel scheme

Project promoter Femern is calling on major international contractors to prequalify for the construction of the €5.5bn (£4.4bn) Fehmarnbelt road and rail link.

Femern has released detailed information about the project which international contractors can use to prepare their request for prequalification. During prequalification firms must document “that they can handle the job, both technically and financially”, according to Femern.

Prequalification is aimed for large construction companies with significant international experience, according to Femern. Femern is splitting work on the construction of the 19km immersed tunnel between Germany and Denmark into four stages (see box).

Along with the prequalification and tender process, Femern will continue its work to complete the environmental impact assessment for the Danish authorities and the application for the German plan approval. This is due to be completed by summer 2013.

Final approval of the project is expected at end of 2014, with construction starting in 2015. Firms have up until the 18 January 2013 to submit prequalification documents.

Four main contracts

  • Dredging of the seabed and land reclamation
  • Construction of the northern section of the tunnel
  • Construction of the southern section of the tunnel
  • Construction of portal structures, ramps and associated land facilities

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