Bidding progress for Germany-Denmark link27 Aug 2013
Femern A/S News Release
The construction bidding process on the €5.5 billion Fehmarnbelt immersed road and rail crossing between Denmark and Germany is under way following completion of the first pre-bid meeting between project owner Femern A/S and representatives from the competing Joint Venture contractors.
On Tuesday (27 August 2013) more than 60 senior executives from the nine international consortia prequalified to tender for the project, met in Copenhagen where they had the opportunity to meet the management and contract managers at Femern A/S.
Fehmarnbelt link alignment
Steen Lykke welcomes consortia executives at the pre-bid meeting
"It is important for us that the contractors know us and have a thorough understanding of the project. Cooperation, as well as the project, must be a success. The contractors should not only be highly skilled technically, but also show leadership and a breadth of innovation," said Steen Lykke, Technical Director.
Femern A/S has prequalified nine major consortia to tender for the four large construction contracts for the fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt. These are: 1) Tunnel North; 2) Tunnel South; 3) Portals and Ramps; and 4) Dredging and Reclamation. Between three and five consortia are prequalified to tender for each of the four contracts.
The meeting marks the start of the bidding process, which will be completed in 2015 when the contracts are signed. It is assumed that, by that time, the Danish Parliament will have passed a Construction Act for the Fehmarnbelt project, and that the authorities in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, will have given all necessary approvals.
"We are very pleased with the meeting and with the good dialogue, which is a prerequisite for a successful project. The consortia have shown great interest in the project and we expect healthy competition as regards methods, innovation and price. We are convinced, therefore, that we'll be able to appoint the best consortia that are capable of handling the job and meeting all our requirements," said Lykke.
EU funding hits €205 million
The Fehmarnbelt link is to receive a further approximately €12 million in EU funding, which means that the project has now achieved the highest possible subsidy rate of 30% for the preparatory construction works; it has already received the highest possible subsidy rate for the planning phase, 50%, bringing total EU subsidies for the project up to €205 million until the end of 2015.
Funding for the preparatory construction works comprises the establishment of the VTS system; land acquisition (advance acquisitions); environmental compensation; the programme for bringing forward certain construction works; and certain construction works under the main contracts.
The EU subsidy comes from the programme for the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), which aims to support the single European market by promoting more efficient cross-border transport corridors.
The companies in the nine consortia come from Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, France and South Korea. Companies from the UK and USA are also linked to some of the nine groups.
In November 2013, all the consortia will travel to Lolland-Falster and Schleswig-Holstein in order to gain first-hand knowledge of the construction areas at Rødbyhavn and Puttgarden. This will coincide with a pre-bid conference where details of the requirements for each tender will be provided and what conditions will apply when building on both German and Danish territory.
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