Femern Link Contractors JV starts work on tunnel connecting Denmark and Germany

WCN Editorial Team 3 Feb 2021 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Femern Link Contractors JV has started work on a 18km-long combined road and rail tunnel, connecting Denmark and Germany.

Claimed to be the world’s longest immersed tunnel, it will have a height of up to 9m and width of 43m and is expected to promote trade and tourism in Northern Europe.

On the Danish side of the project, work has already started, with the construction of factory that will manufacture 200-metre precast concrete box girders.

These girders will be immersed in order to provide a fixed link between Lolland Falster region of Denmark and Schleswig Holstein Land of Germany.

When the construction is at its peak, the project will employ around 2,000 people.

Once complete, the project is expected to reduce the journey time between the German and Danish coasts to 7 minutes by train and 10 minutes by car from the present time of about 60 minutes by ferry or a 160km detour by car.

The project is scheduled to be delivered by mid 2029.

Tunnel North and Tunnel South Contract project director Hakim Naceur said: “We have been looking forward to this moment and are very pleased that this magnificent project can now be realised. It will be a great achievement when complete – an achievement which cannot be done without the help, commitment and cooperation of the owner Femern A/S and of our partners, subcontractors and suppliers and of all the German and Danish stakeholders.”

Tunnel, Portal and Ramps Contract project director Christian Lundhus said: “Our team which is growing day by day is excited to be part of the project and is already very busy. As of today, we have much focus on the design, the site in Rødby is being prepared for our offices, village and not least the huge factory which is to be used for constructing the tunnel elements.” 

The JV consists of VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction’s subsidiary Soletanche Bachy International, Per Aarsleff Holding, CFE, Dredging International, Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau, Max Bögl Stiftung & Co, BAM Infra and BAM International.

COWI is serving as the consultant of the project.

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The project is scheduled to be delivered by mid 2029.(Credit: BAM)

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