Norwegian firms Norconsult Fältgeoteknik and Romerike Grunnboring have been awarded the ground investigation framework contract for the road network in the eastern region of Norway.
The NOK12M (£1.1M) contract is necessary to add capacity to the Norwegian highway authority, Statens Vegvesen, existing three in-house test drilling rigs.
In the papers issued on the Official Journal of the European Union, Statens Vegvesen explains that due to the large amount of activity connected to the planning, construction and operation of roads in the region, and the strict requirements for both ground surveys, geotechnical and engineering geological evaluation, they do no have the capacity to undertake all the work.
Documentation says, “the assignments are of varying scope and different character” and “it is currently difficult to predict our need for ground surveys within the framework agreement area and period, as the need varies from year to year and has been somewhat pendulous.”
The estimated volume is between £186,000 (NOK2M) to £279,000 (NOK3M) per year and the framework agreement will have a duration of one year with an option for the authority to extend in one-year segments.
It does not include rock control drilling or barge drilling.