November 2019 saw the start of the main construction phase of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel when the contract with the Dutch contractor consortium, Fehmarn Belt Contractors (FBC), for the new work harbour at Rødbyhavn came into force. The harbour is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. Moreover, in March 2020, the EU Commission approved the financing model for the entire Fehmarnbelt project.
The way has therefore been cleared for work to begin on the large tunnel element factory and the portal and ramp facilities at Rødbyhavn. The work harbour is the gateway to the construction of the tunnel element factory as it is from the work harbour that the 73,000 tonne tunnel elements will be shipped out to the Fehmarnbelt.
The tunnel element factory, the size of which corresponds to 200 football fields, will be one of the biggest factories in Denmark and the overall construction site will be the largest of its type in Northern Europe.
Activation of the contracts is, of course, being carried out with due respect for the ongoing German approval process of the Fehmarnbelt project.
In February 2019, Femern A/S received the signed approval from the authorities in Schles-wig-Holstein. The German Federal Administrative Court is currently processing the com-plaints about the approval and the court has set dates for the final hearings in the autumn of 2020.
Femern A/S is already engaged in a number of construction site preparation activities for the tunnel on the German side at Puttgarden in order that further progress can be made when the German legal proceedings allow.
“This is truly a great day for the Fehmarn tunnel project. The main stages of the construction phase will now commence,” says CEO Claus F. Baunkjær, Femern A/S.