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German approval for Fehmarnbelt tunnel handed over

Fehmarnbelt tunnel project promoter Femern received the signed plan approval documents from the German government in Kiel this week.

Femern has said that the handover marks “a very important step in the project”.

Although the approval from the German authorities may yet be appealed against at the Federal Administrative Court of Leipzig, Femern and the company’s German advisors are said to be well prepared to assist the German approval authority in Kiel should such a court proceeding take place.

The German approval relates exclusively to the construction work on the German side. Activities on the Danish side are regulated by the Danish Construction Act for the Fehmarnbelt project.

Although the approval process is still ongoing, construction work on the new tunnel has been organised so that a new work harbour at Rødbyhavn on Lolland and a factory to produce the 89 tunnel elements that will be the main components of the immersed tunnel can be built as soon as the final go ahead is given.

Development of the site at Rødbyhavn, where the tunnel element factory will be located, is in full swing. In March 2018, the political parties supporting the Fehmarnbelt link project in the Danish parliament entered into a political agreement to advance concrete preparatory activities at Rødbyhavn.

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