Consultancy contract for Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link
The client consultancy contract for the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link project has been awarded to Ramboll, Arup and TEC. This project involves the construction of a combined road and rail tunnel between Germany and Denmark. At 18 kilometres, it will be the longest sunken tunnel in the world. TEC (Tunnel Engineering Consultants) is a permanent joint venture between Royal HaskoningDHV and Witteveen+Bos.
The Ramboll-Arup-TEC consortium will remain lead consultant to Femern A/S, the company responsible for the design and planning of the new tunnel and all associated work. Since April 2009, the consortium has been working on the design of the sunken tunnel. It has now won the client consultancy contract as well. The Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link will be one of the largest civil engineering projects in Danish history with an overall lead time of 15 years. The main construction phase will involve the input of over 70 full-time professionals from the consortium, who between them will contribute approximately one million manhours.
TEC has a specialist team on site to monitor the progress of the project, to evaluate working methods and the detailed designs, and to advise the client on all technical matters to ensure a safe, sustainable and future-proof result.
‘Winning the client consultancy contract is marvellous for us because it allows us to continue contributing our expertise to this extremely prestigious project,’ comments Hans de Wit, Managing Director of TEC. ‘The Fehmarn Belt project is very much in line with the TEC tradition, following on from our earlier challenging tunnel projects such as the Øresund Link in Denmark, the Busan-Geoje Fixed Link in South Korea and the Hong Kong– Zhuhai–Macau Bridge in China. The combination of Ramboll, Arup and TEC established an excellent track record during the design phase. I am pleased and proud that we are able to continue our collaboration during the implementation phase of this mega-project.’