On December 28, 2018, the Ministry of Transport in Schleswig-Holstein announced that the plan approval for the Fehmarnbelt tunnel was ready to be signed. This finalisation procedure gave Femern A/S the opportunity to suggest amendments to the factual content, as well as editorial changes. This process is now completed and the plan approval signed by the German approval authority in Kiel.
“This is a very important step for us as we work towards completing the Fehmarnbelt tunnel, and it shows that the project is a priority in Schleswig-Holstein,” says Claus F. Baunkjær, CEO of Femern A/S.
Although the approval from the German authorities may be appealed against at the Federal Administrative Court of Leipzig, Femern A/S and the company’s German advisors are well prepared to assist the German approval authority in Kiel should such a court proceeding take place.
The German approval relates exclusively to the construction work on the German side. Activities on the Danish side are regulated by the Danish Construction Act for the Fehmarnbelt project.
Construction work on the Fehmarnbelt tunnel has been organised so that a new work harbour at Rødbyhavn on Lolland and a factory to produce the 89 tunnel elements that will be the main components of the immersed tunnel, are built first of all.
Development of the site at Rødbyhavn, where the tunnel element factory will be located, is in full swing. In March 2018, the political parties supporting the Fehmarnbelt link project in the Danish parliament entered into a political agreement to advance concrete preparatory activities, i.e. site development at Rødbyhavn. These activities are being financed within the overall construction budget and cover (for example) environmental measures, archaeological investigations and installation of an electricity and water supply in the production area at Rødbyhavn on Lolland.