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10 April 2019

Work to start on Fehmarn Belt link to start in autumn

First published10/04/2019
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The 18km Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link to open in 2028 at a cost of €8.7 billion

Construction of the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link between Denmark and Germany should start this autumn for completion in 2028, according to the Danish government.

Danish company Femern, which is responsible for the construction of the link,  will begin negotiations with two contractor consortiums for the first of the project’s works which will start on the Danish side. A tunnel element fabrication yard and a works harbour must be built in Rødbyhavn, as well as a tunnel portal on Lolland.

An autumn start would mean the link is opened on schedule, said Ole Birk Olesen, Denmark’s minister for transport, building and housing. This would also help to improve the possibility of securing the allocated European Union support of just under €421 million for the project which has an overall cost of around the €8.7 billion.

The Fehmarn Belt is a strait between the German island of Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland. The tunnel will replace a ferry service from Rødby and Puttgarden. The project’s approval process had been bogged down over environmental issues, especially within the German state of Schleswig-Holstein in which the southern end of 18km immersed tunnel will surface.

A Rambøll-Arup-TEC consultancy joint venture is engaged in a client consultancy services contract with Fmern. The joint venture has also worked on other landmark infrastructure projects, including the Øresund Tunnel in Denmark, the City Tunnel in Malmö, Sweden, the Medway Tunnel in England, as well as underground rail systems in Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

COWI is carrying out the detailed design of the tunnel (north tunnel section, south tunnel section, and ramps & portals). Meanwhile, SWECO is handling the design for the dredging and reclamation work.
A second framework contract, for technical support services to Femern, is being carried out by ÅF-Hansen & Henneberg.

Project information is available on the project’s official website, www.femern.com

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