On February 6, Femern A/S received the German plan approval for Fehmarnbelt tunnel in Kiel, allowing Femern the opportunity to suggest amendments to the factual content, as well as editorial changes on the project.
“This is a very important step for us as we work towards completing the Fehmarnbelt tunnel, and it shows that the project is a priority in Schleswig-Holstein,” says Claus F. Baunkjær, CEO of Femern A/S.
The German approval relates exclusively to the construction work on the German side. Activities on the Danish side are regulated by the Danish Construction Act for the Fehmarnbelt project. The application for regulatory approval of the German part of the Fehmarnbelt project was delivered for the first time in October 2013 to the German approval authority, the Schleswig-Holstein Road Directorate in Kiel (LBV Kiel).
The construction work on the Fehmarnbelt tunnel has been organised so that a new work harbour at Rødbyhavn on Lolland and a factory to produce the 89 tunnel elements that will be the main components of the immersed tunnel, are built first of all.
The development of the site at Rødbyhavn, where the tunnel element factory will be located, is in full swing. In March 2018, the political parties supporting the Fehmarnbelt link project in the Danish parliament entered into a political agreement to advance concrete preparatory activities for the site development at Rødbyhavn. These activities are being financed within the overall construction budget and cover environmental measures, archaeological investigations and installation of an electricity and water supply in the production area at Rødbyhavn on Lolland.
The Fehmarnbelt link will be an 18-km-long immersed tunnel between Rødbyhavn on Lolland and the German island of Fehmarn. The total budget of the project is EUR 7 billion (DKK 52.6 billion).
Under the project, four lane motorway and two electrified rail tracks will be constructed. When completed, after 8.5 years, will take 10 minutes to travel from Denmark to Germany by car and 7 minutes by train that will run at speeds of 200 km/h.