Four joint venture teams are prequalified for a single €500 million M&E contract to fit out the world’s longest immersed tube combined road and rail tunnel linking Germany and Denmark.
The joint ventures will now enter a “competitive dialogue procedure” as part of the full bid process, similar to what is already happening on the two multi billion euro contracts for construction of the 17.6km Fehmarnbelt Link.
The contract includes tunnel ventilation, emergency doors, fire suppression systems, drainage, cabling and pipework, elevators, transformers, lighting, monitoring and control systems, as well as communication systems in the tunnel.
“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,” said Kim Smedegaard Andersen, Contract Director for the client, Femern A/S. “In this way, we are assured of the best solution for the Fehmarnbelt tunnel.”
Femern A/S expects to receive full technical bids for M&E by the end of next year (2015), with contracts awarded in 2016. The four construction contracts, for which JV teams were prequalified in May last year (2013), will be finalised in 2015.