Civil tenders submitted for Fehmarn Link 17 Apr 2014
Patrick Reynolds for TunnelTalk
All five groups that prequalified for the contracts have submitted design- build bids for civil engineering packages to build the 17.6km long immersed tube tunnel of the Fehmarn Link between Denmark and Germany.
Immersed tube tunnel cross section

Immersed tube tunnel cross section

Tunnel element production site

Tunnel element production site

Client Femern A/S told TunnelTalk that the initial civil works bids cover technical and administrative matters only. Technical assessment of those tenders is to finish by this summer, and then discussions start to enable the final, financial bid submissions by December. Those resubmitted Stage 2, priced bids will be evaluated and the data used as "realistic" costings to include in the Construction Act, the client said.
In total, nine JVs submitted 17 tenders across the civil construction lots. Bids for the two main tunnel civils lots are:
  • Fehmarn Belt Contractors: Hochtief Solutions (lead), Ed Zublin, Boskalis International, and Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors; Proposed subcontractors are MT Højgaard, Volker Construction International, and Strukton. Consultants are Capita Symonds and Grontmij.
  • Femern Link Contractors: Vinci Construction Grand Projets (lead), Per Aarsleff, CFE, Soletanche Bachy International, BAM civiel, BAM International, Wayss & Freytag and Max Bogl. Consultant is Cowi.
  • A JV of Salini (lead), Impregilo, Samsung C&T and Johann Bunte. Proposed subcontractors are listed as CG Jensen, Barslund, and a Dutch consortium of Mammoet, Arcadis, Seatools and Ratio. The JV’s consultants are a consortium of EKJ, Mott MacDonald, and GEO.
  • A JV of OHL (lead), Daewoo Engineering and Construction, and Daelim Industrial with consultant Aecom.
  • Immersia: FCC (lead), NV Besix and Jan De Nul.
M&E tender process is underway

M&E tender process is underway

The procurement schedule anticipates contract award next year, and start of main construction for about mid-2015, depending on bi-national legislative approvals of the Construction Act by Germany and Denmark. Currently, it is anticipated that the Danish Parliament may pass the legislation late this year or early 2015, and for the German authorities to give their approval in the same period. The project is planned to be completed in 2021.
“Each consortium has delivered a bid corresponding to the task they were prequalified for,” said Femern A/S in a printed statement. In response to subsequent queries Femern A/S re-confirmed to TunnelTalk that the plan is to “offer a degree of compensation” to serious but unsuccessful bidders.
A spokesman for the client said: “The bidders are free to pick their own subcontractors. Once selected, the awarded consortia will be responsible for every aspect of the design and construction process. Femern A/S will monitor progress, but will not perform a detailed supervision of the construction.”
In addition to the civils procurement, Femern A/S also has a call for prequalification underway for one major turnkey electrical and mechanical installation contract for the project. Tendering for a separate turnkey contract for installation of power supply in the link is underway. As part of the contract a , new substation will be established at Rødbyhavn. Prequalified consortia are to be selected in July, and the bidding is to begin soon after.
There will also be two contracts awarded for architectural lighting in the project and for the toll system required for the highway tunnel facility.
Advance works contracts for the scheme are already underway. In the third quarter of last year (2013), the client signed an initial road works contract with Danish firm MSE A/S. The road improvements will provide better access to the site of the casting dry-dock of the tunnel elements.
M&E prequalification process under way - TunnelTalk, December 2013
Fehmarn link submits for German approval - TunnelTalk, September 2013
Bidding progress for Germany-Denmark link - TunnelTalk, August 2013
Fehmarn link prequalifiers unveiled - TunnelTalk, May 2013
Innovations for the Fehmarnbelt tunnel option - TunnelTalk, May 2010

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