Climate in focus in call for tenders for billions for the Fehmarnbelt tunnel

The Fehmarn tunnel is to be operated in a climate-friendly manner using with green power and with a focus on energy efficiency and future-proof solutions that can ensure the utilization of new technology and handle the green conversion of the means of transport by road and rail. This is at the core of the call for tenders that Femern A/S is now launching.

The Fehmarnbelt tunnel’s electrical installations are among the largest components of the 18-kilometre-long fixed link to Germany. The contract, which includes ventilation, lighting, safety systems and maintenance, is offered as a design and build contract at 750 million euro (approximately DKK 5.5 billion).

But it is not only the size of the contract that puts it in the international heavyweight class. In order for the Fehmarnbelt tunnel to contribute to the green conversion of the transport sector, the many electrical and mechanical installations must be as energy-efficient as possible. Although the electrical power for the tunnel’s operation at its opening in 2029 will come from renewable energy sources, the power must also be used as efficiently as possible.

“High mobility and energy efficiency are important elements in our efforts to make the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel an attractive link between Denmark and Germany. In this new tender we’re focused on procuring new technology, which will support the sustainable transport modes of the future”, says Claus F. Baunkjær, CEO, Femern A/S.

The call for tenders covers both the supply and installation of the tunnel’s extensive systems and electrical installations. Femern A/S will launch the call for tenders and prequalification in 2021 with an expected award of contract at the end of 2022.

About the Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link

The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link will be built as an 18 km long immersed tunnel for road and railway between Rødbyhavn on Lolland and the German island of Fehmarn.

The construction phase is in progress with the building of the large tunnel factory in Rødbyhavn and a corresponding work harbour.

When the tunnel is ready, the electrical and mechanical parts will be installed.

The tunnel is expected to be opened for traffic in 2029 with a two-lane motorway in each direction and two electrified high-speed railway tracks. It will take ten minutes to drive from Denmark to Germany by car and seven minutes by train.

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