British firms have failed to make their mark on the £4.4bn Fehmarnbelt crossing scheme with just two consultants named among the many firms shortlisted for the key works this week.
Consultants Capita Symonds and Mott MacDonald are the only UK representatives now associated with the scheme. No UK contractors feature at all.
Nine teams were shortlisted for the 19km long road and rail link via immersed tunnel between Germany and Denmark.
Contractors from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium were shortlisted across four contracts: tunnel north; tunnel south; portals and ramps; and dredging and land reclamation.
Project promoter Femern technical director Steen Lykke said last year that the successful would have to be able to demonstrate experience on similar immersed tunnel jobs (NCE 29 March 2012).
Arup, in joint venture with Danish Ramboll and Dutch Tunnel Engineering Consultants carried out the early design work.
It along with Halcrow, Aecom and Capita Symonds worked on similar schemes inlcuding the Øresund Link between Denmark and Sweden.
Update: NCE has learned that a third UK consultant, High-Point Rendel has also been shortlisted as part of a consultant consortium with Niras of Denmark and Sener of Spain, which is committed to Spanish Contractor FCC, the lead contractor for the Immersia consortia. Immersia has prequalified for the tunnel north and tunnel south contracts.