NCC, a construction, infrastructure and property development company in the Nordic region, is set to commence work on the SEK1.2bn ($132m) second phase of the tunnel contract on Faroe Islands, a North Atlantic archipelago located between Norway and Iceland and autonomous country of the Kingdom of Denmark.
The company announced in November 2016 that it had received an order to build two road tunnels on the Faroe Islands, and the first tunnel was order-registered during 2016.
NCC has now begun registering the order for the Sandoy Tunnel, the second tunnel, on the Faroe Islands.
The company will commence tunnelling work on the Sandoy Tunnel once blasting work on the first tunnel, the Eystur Tunnel, is completed.
To be built under the seabed, the two new tunnels will represent the largest-ever infrastructure project on the Faroe Islands.
While the maximum grade of the roadway is five degrees, the lowest point of the tunnels will be 189 metres below sea level.
NCC civil engineering division manager in Norway Per Jonsson said: “We are making good progress on our Faroe Islands contract and have established a strong, constructive collaboration with our customer, P/F Eystur- og Sandøyartunlar – Føroyar.”
NCC has extensive experience of tunnel construction on the Faroe Islands. The company has built the Vaga Tunnel and Nordoya Tunnel in the early 2000s.
Per Jonsson said: “The success of these projects relies on the expertise and drive of the developer and contractor organizations in pursuit of a common goal.
“This yields a predictable framework and ensures good progress is made on large, demanding projects.”
The Sandoy Tunnel will be 10.5km long and connect Gamlarætt on Streymoy with Traðardalur on Sandoy.
The order will be registered during the fourth quarter in the NCC infrastructure business area. The first tunnel was order-registered during the fourth quarter 2016.
The Eystur and Sandoy tunnels will help to improve road safety and shorten the travel time to Torshavn from several locations on the Faroe Islands.
The distance between the capital, Torshavn, and the city of Strendur will be shortened from 55km to 17km.
The tunnels represent an important step in linking the local communities, businesses and inhabitants of the islands.
Image: Tunnel work being carried out on Faroe Islands. Photo: Courtesy of NCC.