Work on the Fehmarnbelt tunnel between Rødbyhavn and Puttgarden is advancing. The main construction phase is underway on the Danish side with the building of the work harbour at Rødbyhavn.
The construction site for the Fehmarnbelt tunnel at Rødbyhavn is ready, and the establishment of the work harbour at Rødbyhavn on Lolland has begun. The harbour is being built by the Dutch consortium, Fehmarn Belt Contractors (FBC), and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
Femern A/S has also initiated contracts with Femern Link Contractors (FLC) with effect from 1 January 2021, which means that the construction of the tunnel element factory as well as the portals and ramps can begin on the Danish side.
The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link was approved in Denmark through the Danish Parliament’s adoption of the Construction Act in 2015. Project approval, including environmental approval, has therefore been finalised.
Construction of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel was also approved on the German side. The plan approval authority in Schleswig-Holstein (APV-SH) issued its decision on plan approval in January 2019. However, objections were lodged at the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig. These objections were addressed at the oral proceedings, which took place in September and October 2020. On 3 November 2020, The Federal Administrative Court rejected all complaints against the plan approval decision. Thus, the highest administrative court in Germany gave the go-ahead for construction of the German part of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel.
In April 2019, the competent authority in Schleswig-Holstein granted immediate permission for a number of site development activities on Fehmarn, specifically environmental measures. Some of these activities have already been completed.
Under these conditions, the Fehmarnbelt tunnel is expected to open in 2029.
The State Treaty between Denmark and Germany, which was ratified by both countries’ parliaments, forms the basis of the project.