Femern A/S has on the 30th of May 2016 signed four major construction contracts worth almost DKK 30 billion with the international contractor consortia that will be responsible for the construction of the 18 km Fehmarnbelt tunnel between Rødbyhavn (Denmark) and Puttgarden (Germany).

"We're pleased that, after a number of years of preparation and a tendering process, contracts have now been signed with the winning contractor consortia. As a result, our prime focus is now on obtaining German approval, which is a condition for getting construction underway," says CEO Claus F. Baunkjær, Femern A/S.

Certain contractors that were not awarded contracts lodged a complaint with the Danish Review Board for Public Procurement where the matter is currently being considered.

The four major contracts are worth a total of DKK 30 billion.

The contracts were awarded following a competitive EU tender and are conditional upon final German environmental approval being obtained, c.f. press release from Femern A/S of 4 March 2016.

The contracts relating to the immersed tunnel and tunnel factory (Tunnel North Contract and Tunnel South Contract) and the contract for the establishment of portals and ramps (Tunnel Portals and Ramps Contract) have been signed with Femern Link Contractors, while the contract for dredging and reclamation works (Tunnel Dredging and Reclamation) has been signed with Fehmarn Belt Contractors.

By Jake Frith