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Good progress in the Fehmarn project

Work on the Fehmarnbelt tunnel between Rødby Harbour and Puttgarden is progressing well. All necessary permits for the Danish side are in place. The general contractors have been appointed and the economy has been thoroughly scrutinised. The only thing missing is the administrative building permission from the authorities in Schleswig-Holstein.

Political support for the Fehmarnbelt tunnel is huge – both in Denmark, Germany and the EU. A large majority in both Denmark and Germany ratified the State treaty.

The Fehmarnbelt project was approved by a Construction Act passed by the Danish parliament in 2015. Therefore, all permits, including environmental permits, are in place on the Danish side. 

A large political majority in Germany adopted the Fehmarnbelt project, but the tunnel project lacks the administrative building permission from the authorities in Schleswig-Holstein. The application for the Fehmarn link was in hearing for the first time in 2014. The second round of hearings was completed in 2017.

Femern A/S has collaborated with 25 of the leading German advisory companies in the fields of law, environment, navigational conditions and safety to ensure that the German application is of the highest quality. 150, mainly German experts and specialists, have worked at responding to the German objections, and all parts of the response have been verified by one of the leading law firms in Germany.

The German authorities and the regional government in Kiel, estimate that the final approval will be issued by 2018. Regulatory plan approval must subsequently be tested by a court of law. According to the plans, this will take two years.

In 2016, conditional civil works contracts were concluded with two major international contractor consortia consisting of Danish, German, French and Dutch companies. The contracts cover approximately 75 percent of the construction. The major tunnel contracts were concluded in 2016 and are conditional upon German plan approval. The contracts will be activated when approval is final. 

The Fehmarn link is expected to open in 2028.