M&E prequalification process under way 12 Dec 2013
Femern A/S News Release
RFQs are called for a singe mega-E&M contract on what will be the world's longest immersed tube combined road and rail tunnel.
Seventeen line up for Fehmarnbelt M&E 3 Jun 2014
Femern A/S News Release
The €500 million M&E mega-contract for the world’s longest immersed tunnel linking Germany and Denmark has attracted bids from six consortia comprising 17 companies from eight European countries.
The client for the Fehmarnbelt Link Project, Femern A/S, confirms prequalification applications have been received from companies from Germany and Denmark as well as the UK, Sweden, Italy, Spain, France and Austria.
”It is very gratifying that interest in this contract has been so great. This is a very extensive contract of several years duration. With so many bids, we can be sure that we will find the best supplier to take on these very important and complex tasks,” said Femern A/S Technical Director Steen Lykke, adding that the names of the companies involved will be released following the conclusion of the prequalification process.
Contract scope includes ventilation of the tunnel and buildings, safety doors, fire prevention systems, drainage, electrical wiring and pipes, elevators, transformers, lighting, monitoring and control systems, as well as communication systems.
Work on the M&E installations is expected to begin in 2016, and the winning consortium will be responsible for the maintenance of the facility in the first years following scheduled completion of the 18km-long combined road and rail tunnel in 2021.
Prequalification is already under way for the two main tunnel construction contracts, which are expected to be finalised next year (2015) following a two-stage process.
A Prior Information Notice has been published in the European tendering journal calling on international contractors to enter a prequalification procurement phase for E&M work on the 18km long Fehmarnbelt link between Germany and Denmark. Similarly to the main construction contracts, shortlisted JVs will then enter a "competitive dialogue procedure" as part of the full bid process.
Project owner Femern A/S will hold an Industry Day in Copenhagen where companies interested in tendering will receive a detailed review of the exact content and nature of the works. There will also be an opportunity to meet the client’s management team and acquire a basis for creating joint venture partnerships.
The tunnel will consist of 79 standard elements and 10 special elements and each type will be equipped with virtually identical systems. The single E&M contract will cover ventilation and cooling systems, power and back-up power systems, drainage, cables and pipework, elevators, transformers, buildings, emergency doors, fixed fire detection and prevention systems, air quality monitoring, CCTV systems, emergency call points and escape door systems, lighting, monitoring and control and communications systems.

Fehmarnbelt Tunnel safety features

"As we are building the world's largest immersed tunnel, the design and installation of the advanced electrical and mechanical equipment will, of course, be a major undertaking and a challenge. There will be many innovative solutions in the tunnel project, but much known technology in the electrical and mechanical installations," said Femern Project Director Steen Lykke. "There are many contractors, including some smaller ones, who will be able to participate in the work."
Smaller contracts for architectural lighting and the tunnel toll payment system will conclude the tendering process, with a six-year construction period expected to start in 2015.
Fehmarnbelt E&M services  

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