9 March 2023
Denmark and Germany on their CVs. A total of 274 Danish subcontractors from all over the country have now won contracts for the Fehmarnbelt project. These are 160 Danish companies more compared to the same time last year, which corresponds to an increase of 150 per cent.
The figures are from a calculation made by Femern A/S of the number of companies involved in the construction of the 18 kilometre long immersed tunnel from Rødbyhavn to Puttgarden.
A total of 431 Danish and foreign companies have been listed as subcontractors since construction on the mega project began in 2020. The 274 Danish companies thus account for 64 per cent of the many hundreds of contracts.
The Confederation of Danish Industry is pleased that Danish companies have a strong position in the "fierce competition" of an international project such as the Fehmarnbelt tunnel, says Torben Liborius, Deputy Director General of the Confederation of Danish Industry and Head of Danish Infrastructure.
"This is important both for the project and for the companies. By having many Danish companies on board, knowledge of Danish norms and rules is guaranteed. It shows that Danish companies are ready to solve these kinds of tasks that require co-operation across borders and cultures", says Torben Liborius.
The increasing number of contracts reflects not only a strong Danish presence, but also an upward trend in activity on the major construction project.
This is also expected to be the picture for several years to come, says Henrik Vincentsen, CEO of Femern A/S.
"We expect activities on the construction of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel to peak in the next three years. This is when the tunnel itself will be produced and built. It is also during this period that we will need most hands and most skilled companies, and it seems that Danish companies across the country are in a strong competitive position," says Henrik Vincentsen.
One of the companies that receives many orders in relation to the construction of the Fehmarnbelt tunnel is JMM Group in Vojens. The company's crane division, Normas Cranes A/S, has a contract with the consortium FLC for the delivery of, among other things, the tower cranes for the tunnel construction site at Rødbyhavn. Stemas A/S, another of the company's divisions, has sold more than 150 small construction machines servicing the project, with the possibility of more on the way.
"Overall, this is a major contract for us, which also gives us important experience for future tasks. Right now, we have 18 tower cranes working on the Fehmarnbelt project. We have also bid on a tender at FLC for another large delivery of construction machinery for the project. Naturally, we hope that we can continue the good co-operation on the project", says Jan Koch Møller, CEO at JMM Group.