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BAM and Vinci team signs €3.4bn Femernbelt contracts

31 May 16 Femern Link Contractors joint venture has signed conditional contracts worth €3.4bn (£2.5bn) to design and build the world’s longest immersed road and rail tunnel.

The joint venture of Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Per Aarsleff, Royal BAM Group, Solétanche-Bachy International, CFE and Max Bögl Stiftung & Co has won three contracts for the Femernbelt Tunnel, which will link Denmark and Germany.

The Danish government also signed a fourth contract - covering dredging and reclamation works - with Fehmarn Belt Contractors, which is made up of Boskalis International, Van Oord Dredging & Marine Contractors, Hochtief and Ed Züblin.

Together the four contracts are worth DKK30bn (£2.98bn). The contracts had been announced in February although no values had been given until now (link opens in new tab).

Two cover construction of the immersed tunnel and the tunnel element factory that will manufacture the precast tunnel elements. The third covers the building of the portal structures, toll buildings, bridges and ramps. The contracts were signed with the Danish government.

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The joint venture has appointed Dredging International as subcontractor for the tunnel contracts and Cowi as consultant for all three contracts.

Construction works are expected to start in January 2018 and are subject to permits of the German government. The construction of the Femernbelt link will take approximately 8.5 years.

The 18 km immersed tunnel connecting Denmark’s Lolland Falster region with Germany’s Schleswig Holstein region will be the world’s longest immersed road and rail tunnel. It will shorten the journey between the German and Danish coasts to just ten minutes by car and seven minutes by train compared to the current travel time of one hour by ferry or a 160km detour via the Danish region of Jutland by car.

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