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Fehmarnbelt tunnel contracts signed

Fehmarnbelt tunnel project promoter Femern has announced that it signed four construction contracts for the tunnel yesterday.

The contracts worth over £3bn cover construction of the 18km immersed tube tunnel between Rødbyhavn in Denmark and Puttgarden in Germany.

“We’re pleased that, after a number of years of preparation and a tendering process, contracts have now been signed with the winning contractor consortia,” said Femern CEO Claus F Baunkjær. “As a result, our prime focus is now on obtaining German approval, which is a condition for getting construction underway.”

The contracts signed include three for the Femern Link Contractors (FLC) for the tunnel north, tunnel south and tunnel portals and ramps contracts and Fehmarn Belt Contracts (FBC) for the dredging and reclamation contract. FLC is a joint venture of Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Per Aarsleff, Wayss and Freytag Ingenieurbau, Max Bögl, CFE, Soletanche Bachy, Bam Infra and Bam International with Dredging International as subcontractor and Cowi as consultant. FBC is a joint venture of Boskalis International, Hochtief Solutions, Züblin and Van Oord with Sweco providing consultancy services.

Details of the preferred bidders were announced in early March and the Femern had said that it expected to sign these deals no later than mid-May. The final signing of the contracts is believed to have been delayed by complaints lodged with the Danish Review Board for Public Procurement by unsuccessful contractors. Femern has said that the matter is currently being considered by the board.

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