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British firms make shortlist for Fehmarnbelt M&E systems

8 Sep 14 A team made up of two businesses from the UK and one from Sweden is among four that have been prequalified for the provision of all electrical and mechanical installations for the €£5.5bn (£4.2bn) Fehmarnbelt tunnel.

The contract, which comprises many different elements, is worth several hundred million Euros.

The team of Lorne Stewart, Rotary Building Services from the UK and Sweco International of Sweden is competing against three other teams with members from Denmark, Austria, Spain, Italy, France and Germany.

Three potential bidders from Denmark, France and Poland have also been prequalified for the project’s substation, which will supply the tunnel and electric trains with power. The trains will require significant power, which is why the substation will be large enough to supply a major provincial town of 10,000 households.

The electrical and mechanical installations have all been gathered into one large contract, covering the ventilation of the tunnel and in buildings, emergency doors, fire suppression systems, drainage, cabling and pipework, elevators, transformers, lighting, monitoring and control systems as well as communication systems in the tunnel. The four prequalified teams are:

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  • Strabag Bravida Consortium: Strabag, Bravida Denmark    
  • Tema Consortium: Lorne Stewart, Rotary Building Services, Sweco International  
  • Alstom Transporte: Alstom Transport Danmark, Indra Sistemas, Tecnimont Civil Construction 
  • Femern Electrical & Mechanical Contractors: Cegelec Mobility, Actemium Cegelec – Vinci Energies  

The three prequalified bidders for the substation are:

  • Bravida Danmark       
  • Cegelec Mobility – Siemens A/S Consortium
  • Elektrobudowa  

”I’m delighted that we will soon be able to put these two major contracts out to tender," said Kim Smedegaard Andersen, contract director for the project’s promoter, Femern. "They concern, in part, all the intelligent systems that have to be installed in the tunnel tubes to ensure that traffic flow is safe and efficient and, in part, the entire power supply for the fixed link in the form of a sub-station. On smaller projects, these tasks would typically have been split into separate contracts, but we have chosen to combine them because we want to have a completely integrated solution where all the parts fit together seamlessly."

Work on the other railway installations such as track, catenary system and signalling will begin when the construction of the tunnel has been completed. The prequalified companies will now prepare their technical bids for the contracts in line with the same tender model as for the four major tunnel contracts. Femern expects to receive the final bids at the end of 2015. Contracts are expected to be signed in 2016.

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