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Norwegian rail operator reveals huge geotechnical pipeline

Norway rail infrastructure operator Bane Nor has announced major investment plans that will see its annual spend rise from NOK15bn (£1.35bn) this year to just under NOK25bn (£2.26bn) a year by 2023.

The investment announced at its tender conference is spread across renewals, upgrades of existing infrastructure and construction of new infrastructure – and most call for major ground engineering input.

At the event Bane Nor direct or contract and supplier relations Henning Scheel said that the organisation is dependent on its supply chain to realise its ambitions.

Planned projects include the NOK9bn (£815M) construction of new tunnels and station on the Sandbukta-Moss-Såstad project, cut and cover tunnels and stations on the Drammen-Kobbervikdalen scheme which is valued at NOK10bn (£900M), the NOK7bn (£635M) Nykirke-Barkåker scheme to build new tunnels, bridges and station at Skoppum and a NOK32bn (£2.9bn) joint scheme with the Norwegian Public Roads Authority to build new tunnels and other structures on the Ringerike line and E16 Highway scheme by the late 2020s.

Bane Nor has also said that four new construction contracts on the Follo Line will be awarded this year following the termination of its contract with Società Italiana per Condotte d’Acqua in February. Pre-qualification is expected to start soon and Bane Nor still believes the route could operational by 2021.

Bane Nor is well aware of the geotechnical challenges of the planned investment and presented details of the challenging ground conditions in Norway to potential tenders at the conference with an overview of hard rock, settlement issues and quick clay.

In-depth details of the upcoming project can be found here.


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