Femern A/S signed Monday (May 30) four contracts worth EUR 4 billion with international syndicates in Copenhagen to build the prestigious Fehmarnbelt Tunnel, said the Fehmarnbelt Business Council (FBBC). The build offers huge potential for Hamburg and northern Germany. Construction of the tunnel between Puttgarden and Rødbyhavn is scheduled for 2019/2020 and is likely to last eight and a half years.
Crucial goal on path to joint Fehmarnbelt region
Siegbert Eisenach, Chairman of Fehmarnbelt Business Councils and Managing Director of the IHK in Schwerin, said: “The signing of the building contracts by the developer Femern A/S and the syndicates in Copenhagen means we have reached another important goal on the path to a joint Fehmarnbelt region. This brings construction of the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel a significant step closer.”
Commenting on the importance of the Fehmarnbelt link for the Hamburg Metropolitan Region and Copenhagen during a reception given by the Danish ambassador in Berlin, Hamburg’s Mayor Olaf Scholz, said: “Hamburg is a hub in northern Europe. The Fehmarnbelt Tunnel will help us to improve how we perform this task. The next generation can live in Schleswig-Holstein and work in Copenhagen.”
The Hamburg Metropolitan Region and Copenhagen are natural partners, he added, and the Fehmarnbelt connection will lend the regions even more importance in Europe. “Along with the land connection to Sweden via Oresund, the Hamburg Metropolitan Region will connect up with the Oresund Metropolitan Region. We can promote issues in the north and Baltic Sea region even better as well-connected cities. The confidence and strength of the region with almost 10 million inhabitants can boost Europe.”
Award to Femern Link Contractors and Fehmarn Belt Contractors
The award to the consortiums of bidders, Femern Link Contractors and Fehmarn Belt Contractors, will see them build the 18-kilometre, immersed tunnel for combined road-rail transport between Fehmarn and Lolland. Femern Link Contractors will build the north and south parts of tunnel as well as the portals and ramps. Fehmarn Belt Contractors will be responsible for excavating the tunnel trench and the reclamation work. The German companies Wayss & Freytag Ingenieur-bau AG, Max Bögl Stiftung & Co. KG, HOCHTIEF Solutions and Ed. Züblin AG are part of the consortiums as well as Danish builders Per Aarsleff A/S and the consultancies COWI A/S and SWECO Danmark A/S.
The award consists of “conditional contracts” with a clause stipulating that construction can begin as soon as a German building permit has been presented, said the contractor. The contracts are valid until late 2019 and can be renegotiated, if construction has not begun by then.
Keen interest in Fehmarn events
The Fehmarnbelt Business Council has noted keen interest in the upcoming Fehmarn Link Business Conference and Fehmarnbelt Days 2016. More than 200 firms from Germany and Denmark have registered for the Fehmarn Link Business Conference on June 8, 2016 in Holeby while 250 registrations have been received for the Fehmarnbelt Days 2016 from September 20-22 in Hamburg.
Fehmarn Link Business Conference
Representatives of both consortiums will outline possibilities of participating in building the tunnel during the Fehmarn Link Business Conference. MT-Højgaard and M.J. Ericsson executives, who have been contracted by Banedanmark, will also highlight ways of participating in the extension of the railway connection between Ringsted and Nykøbing-Falster, which is due to start this autumn.
Fehmarnbelt Days 2016
Experts from all over northern Europe are expected at the third Fehmarnbelt Days 2016 in HafenCity University in Hamburg. Organised by FBBC, the Fehmarnbelt committee, STRING Netzwerk, Femern A/S and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the event will bring numerous events together. Representatives of commerce, politics, culture and research in the emerging Fehmarnbelt region spanning northern Germany to southern Sweden can then exchange ideas.
Huge growth potential for entire Fehmarnbelt region
The tunnel will cut journey lengths between the Oresund region and Hamburg. Then, people can choose between a ten-minute car drive and a seven-minute train journey instead of the existing 45-minute ferry ride. The reduced journey times will likely boost cross-border goods and passenger traffic and offer plenty of potential for growth throughout the Fehmarnbelt region, said FBBC.
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