Game-changing infrastructure one step closer
Femern A/S has prequalified nine large contractor consortia to submit tenders for the four major construction contracts for the fixed link across the Fehmarnbelt. This means that the realisation of one of the world’s largest infrastructure projects takes a step forward towards creating a new Northern Europe, where accessibility and cooperation between Scandinavia and Northern Germany reaches new heights in 2021.


The selection of the contractors is a long and detailed process. All applicants were carefully considered to ensure that they meet the stipulated financial requirements, that they have delivered comprehensive application material and intend to make the necessary guarantees and, not least, have the technical and managerial expertise that Femern A/S requires. All applicants meet the minimum requirements to participate in the tender phase.  


 During 2013, the prequalified consortia will be sent the extensive tender material and Femern A/S expects to receive the preliminary bids during 2014. Femern A/S will subsequently evaluate the bids and initiate a so-called competitive dialogue on a number of items, such as working and accommodation conditions.


The selection of nine contractor consortia is a big step forward for the game-changing infrastructure that will connect Germany and Denmark in 2021. Therefore it is extremely positive that the Danish government has already, 8 years before the inauguration of the link, established a cross-ministerial committee tasked with assuring that the planned infrastructure investments will create growth and welfare. This is a high-quality initiative and it is important that the governments of Sweden, Denmark and Germany start considering the growth perspectives that will present themselves once the link connects Scandinavia's 20 million inhabitants with 80 million Germans.


This demands an element of long-sightedness; to which STRING has some recommendations after having long worked with the fixed link across Fehmarnbelt and the opportunities that comes with it.


One of STRINGs most important issues is our recommendation that the travel time between Copenhagen and Hamburg must not succeed 2, 5 hours; as this will undermine the proximity between the metropolis and the integration that can come with accessibility. In order to achieve this, it is vital that the German rail connections connecting Puttgarden and Hamburg are upgraded from 120/160 kilometers per hour to the Danish standard of 200/250 kilometers per hour.