The Danish Government has decided to issue the Notice to Proceed to the Femern Link Contractors joint venture for the execution of the design and build contracts of the world’s longest immersed road and rail tunnel, the Fehmarnbelt link between Denmark and Germany. The construction will start on 1 January 2021.
In 2016, the joint venturewon three contracts. Two contracts cover the construction of the immersed tunnel and the factory that will manufacture the precast tunnel elements and a third contract deals with the building of the portal structures, toll buildings, bridges and ramps. The three contracts have a combined value of €3.4 billion, of which DEME’s share is EUR 700 million.
The Femern Link Contractors joint venture comprises VINCI Construction Grands Projets S.A.S. (lead company for the first two contracts), Per Aarsleff Holding A/S (lead company for the third contract), Solétanche-Bachy International S.A.S., CFE NV, Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG, Max Bögl Stiftung & Co KG, BAM Infra BV, BAM International BV and Dredging International NV.
The joint venture has appointed COWI A/S as a consultant for all three contracts.
For DEME’s subsidiary DIMCO, the project is another opportunity to deploy their expertise in immersed tunnels and large-scale infra marine projects.
The 18 km immersed tunnel connecting Denmark’s Lolland Falster region with Germany’s Schleswig Holstein region will be the world’s longest immersed road and rail tunnel. It will shorten the journey between the German and Danish coasts to just 10 minutes by car and 7 minutes by train compared to the current travel time of one hour by ferry or a 160 km detour via the Danish region of Jutland by car.
The Fehmarnbelt tunnel project is one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects to date. It will foster trade and tourism in Northern Europe.