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Fehmarnbelt tunnel set to receive German green light

Germany’s Ministry of Transport of Schleswig-Holstein has announced that it is ready to sign off approval of the plans for the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel.

“I am delighted and proud that we have reached this crucial milestone,” said project director Claus Dynesen from project promoter Femern.

“This is the result of several years of cooperation between the parties involved in Denmark and Germany. The approval means that agreement has now been reached between the German authorities and Femern on how to construct the tunnel.”

Under German regulations, Femern has until 11 January to review the approval before it is signed but the Ministry of Transport said that no major changes are expected before the plan is approved.

The plan approval is a legal document that runs to more than 1,000 pages and is based on a 14,000-page application prepared by Femern and LBV Lübeck in cooperation with German experts. The application has been through two major public rounds of consultation in Germany since it was submitted for the first time in autumn 2013.

Dynesen said: “The plan approval determines the requirements and conditions that must be met, especially in relation to the environment, in order for Femern’s construction work on the German side to proceed. We will now thoroughly analyse the approval, and then, during the spring, we will present scenarios on how we will achieve the project goals.”

No date has yet been set for the start of construction as Femern has said that the German plan approval may yet be appealed through the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig and the project promoter has said that it is prepared for this eventuality.

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