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UK firms bid for Fehmarn mega-tunnel

UK contractors are amongst the nine joint ventures that have applied for prequalification status for the €5.5bn (£4.7bn) Fehmarnbelt project, project promoter Femern announced this week.

A total of twenty four firms have formed nine joint ventures to bid for construction the 19km tunnel between Rødbyhavn on the Danish coast and Fehmarn in Germany.

Construction firms from Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and South Korea are leading the nine joint ventures. Contractors from the UK and USA are associated with some of the contractors.

Four civil engineering contracts are up for grabs to build the four lane-motorway and double track electrified rail line.

The dredging of the seabed and land reclamation is worth around £334M; construction of the portals, ramps and land works worth is around £502M; and constructing the north and south section of the tunnels is worth about £1bn each.

Femern will announce the prequalified joint ventures in the spring with contracts expected to be signed in 2015.

“Having received a sufficient number of applications, and bearing in mind that a joint venture or firm can apply for more than one contract, I’m optimistic that we’ll be able to prequalify a suitable number of professional and experienced contractors on each contract,” said Femern technical director Steen Lykke.

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