Norwegian public roads authority Statens Vegvesen has issued an invitation to the market for dialogue on its E39 Rogfast scheme that will see construction of the world’s longest deepest sea tunnel.
In the documents published in the Official Journal of the European Union, the project calls for building of a continuous 26.7km tunnel from Harestad in Randaberg kommune to Laupland in Bokn kommune with a 4km branch to Kvitsøy. The tunnel is expected to reach depths of up to 392m below sea level.
“This will help tie businesses and the population closer together in Western Norway, and is the first stage of the project in our ambition for a ferry-free E39 between Kristiansand and Trondheim,” said Norwegian minister of transport Ketil Solvik-Olsen, when the project received parliamentary approval in May 2017.
Around a third of the estimated NOR16.8bn (£1.56bn) project costs will be met by the government, while the rest of the scheme will be paid for by tolls over a 20 year period.
When Rogfast is completed, the journey time between Stavanger and Bergen will be reduced by approximately 40 minutes and it will also support economic growth in the region.
Statens Vegvesen is inviting interested parties to participate in a dialogue conference in Oslo on 27 August to gain input on the contract strategy to ensure the framework competition is “as good as possible”.
The invitation to tender is expected to be published in late November this year.